By (University of Vermont) - abroad from 01/21/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
everything. Yes.

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.

Challenging classes, nice that it was a good cultural and academic expereience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very friendly, willing to help, and open. They were timely with addressing any issues and were always there to help. The office was a great place to study, use the internet, or just stop by to see a friendly face.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was very nice. Everyone lived very close together. I wish there were more South Africans living among us. Perhaps 2 Americans and 1 South African in each apartment or something.

* Food:

The meal money was nice to have but since its bought in bulk it wasnt always the best exchange rate.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was very integrated. I had a lot of friends from the area and other African countries.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I wouldnt know

* Safety:

I felt pretty safe. the emergency system seemed reliable

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)

* 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? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go out to dinner so much. Really not worth it.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Independence. It really let you chose how much you integrate.
* What could be improved?
  • More South Africans
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? its expensive