India: Challenging yet Rewarding Past Review

By (Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin - Stout) for

ISEP Exchange: Hyderabad - Exchange Program at University of Hyderabad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a good experience to live in a place very different than where you live usually. I appreciate so much more now.

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 workload was very small. My classes were very easy. It was not the same caliber I was used to experiencing at home.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Little academic support service, little communication with teachers, disorganized schedules.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The cafeteria was great. It was buffet style with seveal options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were no events arranged by my program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

While there were many strikes in the city we never felt in danger. We always felt safe and secure. As far as health goes I got several vaccines including the flu shot and typhoid. I took a daily anti-malarial pill as well.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? Transportation.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • India was beautiful
* What could be improved?
  • an ISEP director