The City That Will Steal Your Heart Past Review

By (Princeton University) - abroad from 06/15/2016 to 07/30/2016 with

IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The IES Study Abroad experience is unique in its mixture of adventure, learning, and community involvement that not only allows you to learn about the environment in which you are living on a social and political level, but also brings you extremely close to your peers and your professors. The program allows you to connect with the locals and your surroundings in ways that leave you with an indelible impression of Cape Town and all it has to offer.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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?

* Food:

* 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? Yes

There is a reason that I think about Cape Town almost every day; that I keep up with my study abroad friends constantly and reminisce about what we all consider to be the best six weeks of our lives thus far.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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 people
  • the education
  • the community exposure/involvement
* What could be improved?
  • The organization
  • advanced notice about extra out-of-pocket costs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to pack more winter clothing!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!