The Best Thing I Could Have Done With My College Life Past Review

By (International Relations, Economics, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/26/2012 to 05/17/2012 with

CIEE: Rabat - Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the most worthwhile thing I have done since I started college. I will never forget my time abroad, and I have made many friends who I intend to keep in touch with for the rest of my life.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Mohammed V, Soussi Qalam wa Lawh
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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was very hospitable. My host parents actually gave up their bedroom for me to sleep in. They took me on a family vacation to an area of Morocco I wouldn't have been able to see otherwise. I really couldn't have been happier with this part of my study abroad experience.

* Food:

My homestay went above and beyond in this category. They fed me more times a day than I could actually stomach.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was a huge culture shock to be in Morocco, but that was exactly what I was looking for. I was constantly thrown out of my comfort zone, but I still felt that everything was manageable.

* 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? Yes


* 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)

I spent much less money studying in Morocco than I would have in a European program. I was very pleased by how much easier it was to budget my spending over there.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 5 dollars. Unless I was traveling, in which case I had to pay my own airfare and hotel accomodations.


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? intermediate arabic, part 1
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with your host family frequently, they are the people who will be the most patient with you while you are abroad.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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 local culture
  • The friends I made from the program itself
  • The comfort I gained living in a foreign environment
* What could be improved?
  • The academics could be much more organized and demanding
  • Better organization of the program itself.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much more relaxed everything was in Morocco so I wouldn't have been as nervous to go.