Life changing college experience. Past Review

By (Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication., Minnesota State University, Mankato) - abroad from 02/06/2012 to 06/25/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Suva, Fiji

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad in a third world country taught me to appreciate the things that I have been given. It taught me that material things were not important. Living, laughter, and friendships are what really matter.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The education system is extremely different then what we are used to in the United States. That was a huge challenge getting used to but the students and staff are very helpful along the way.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Awesome apartment living on campus. It was fully furnished and just a short walk from school.

* Food:

If you like seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables this is the place for you!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The people of Fiji have a way of welcoming you with open arms and hearts. They are eager to share their culture and way of life with you if you take the time.

* 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)

Traveling affected my budget but it was worth it.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $4,000


* 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

They spoke English as well so it was hard to get practice using the language beyond a few simple phrases.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The people
  • The culture
  • The classes
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack light! you can buy all toiletries once you get there!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.