Peak of my academic career thus far... February 17, 2017

By (The College of Wooster) - abroad from 07/02/2016 to 11/12/2016 with

IES Abroad: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going abroad was easily the best experience of my life thus far. I got to take classes that are not offered at my home institution, witness nationwide student protests, explore the wildlife and nature, make lifelong friends, all in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

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

I had such a positive experience with the IES Cape Town Staff, they truly made our stay one of kind and were so supportive and informative in every aspect.


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan the big activities you want to do right at the beginning so you can prioritize your funds for the entire duration of your stay.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • UCT Classes
  • IES Staff
  • Service Learning
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Health and Community Development in South Africa

Course Department: IES
Instructor: Dr. Waggie
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The field trips and service learning were the best parts of this class. I would highly recommend volunteering with SHAWCO during your stay in Cape Town. It is a wonderfully organization that provides you with skills that just cannot compare to anything I would receive in the U.S. at this level of education.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A