Unique while being adventurous February 25, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/27/2020 with

CIEE: Legon - Arts + Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot from Ghanaian locals about current events and political/economic issues that Ghana is facing. I also learned the same thing from African francophones. I do think it was worthwhile since I talked to people from all over the world while being in my dorm.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I liked the courses that I took abroad, but they weren’t as challenging as courses at Wellesley.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was spicier than I was expecting.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Studying abroad in Ghana made me realize that I should’ve studied abroad in Senegal since it’s a French-speaking country. My parents are Haitian so I’ve been exposed to a similar culture.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $15
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say to only spend money on necessities in the beginning of the study abroad program and then when you have money leftover toward the end of the program, then you can buy gifts.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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  • 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?
  • The chill environment in class
  • Visiting Cape Coast and the Ashanti region with CIEE
  • Visiting Togo with friends
* What could be improved?
  • More options and better quality of food
  • More activities after classes like having orgs on campus
  • More exposure of Ghana
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how spicy food was going to be and how much free time I would have.

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.