Amazing time! July 07, 2017

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/21/2017 to 05/21/2017 with

CIEE: Legon - Arts + Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the power of black women and I was able to really examine parts of myself that I didn't consider exploring. I also gained wonderful life-long friends and this program was worth it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academics could have been more challenging but I knew that they wouldn't be that challenging. I did enjoy the content of some courses and some professors were really nice.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was really helpful and if I ever needed help they were here to help me.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

ISH housing could have been nicer. There is not hot water, the bathrooms can get REALLY dirty, and sometimes the power is out. However, I met a lot of cool people.

* Food:

I like Ghanaian food. Some people find it too spicy but I find it perfect.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt pretty integrated. I made some friends, had an internship, and travelled around Ghana which helped.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Whenever any health issues came up they were addressed by the administration.

* Safety:

ISH wasn't always safe. There were incidents of rape and burglary.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Everything is really affordable. I could buy whole meals for .50 or $1 which was amazing. You don't really need school supplies and transportation is affordable as well. Shopping can be a bit expensive but still relatively cheap.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

They would sometimes speak to us the language but they didn't really push us to learn Twi.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends I made.
  • Food.
  • Nature
* What could be improved?
  • Dorm housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to bring American snacks because I really missed things like honey buns, hot cheetos, etc.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.