Best decision! Past Review

By (Villanova University) - abroad from 06/13/2017 to 07/25/2017 with

IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It really opened my eyes to a different world and different perspectives. I am so happy with all that I was able to learn and experience through the landscapes and unique qualities of South Africa. It was incredibly worthwhile and would do it over and over again if I could

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.

* 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


* 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)

South Africa is so cheap! I know a lot of my friends had trouble going other places where things were more expensive, so I was very happy I didn't have that problem.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pack light! Especially if you're traveling within the country, airlines may charge you extra because they have a weight limit (even if you separate it into 2 separate bags, it's charge by weight)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Many organized incredible experiences
  • the country itself! (mountains and sunsets and people)
* What could be improved?
  • would be easier with a smaller group
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Probably should've researched all the activities beforehand more to prepare, but it wasn't really a problem in the end