A Once in a Lifetime, Inspirational, and Transformational Experience!!! Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/31/2016 to 05/08/2016 with

National Theater Institute: NTI Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was most definitely worthwhile! Going to NTI was the best experience for me. I came out of the program feeling like a superhero because I knew I had transformed into an artist with an inexhaustible set of skills. For 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 14 weeks, I learned to make theater without excuses. I can move forward in life and know that nothing can hold me back from stretching my craft. The only limitations that exist are the ones that I set for myself. NTI has taught me to do away with the negativity and the doubt because I have the capacity for great work. I also learned from my conservatory experience that theater is everywhere and need not be confined within the walls of a traditional black box theater. I learned that a more physically limited space held greater potential for creative expression. Under the tutelage of compassionate, intelligent, talented working professionals, I made some of the best theater I have ever made in a rigorous, and intense, but nurturing environment. Please, if you are interested in attending, do so. Apply. Go for it!

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The intensity
  • The level of professionalism
  • The encouragment of creativity
* What could be improved?
  • Other than the food, nothing else.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There was nothing to fear and no need for anxiety.