Earth shattering Past Review

By (Central College) - abroad from 01/15/2013 to 05/14/2013 with

Northwestern College: Muscat - Spring Semester in Oman

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I grew deeper in my faith, while learning about others beliefs. I learned how to become an independent and stronger person because of the smaller size of the program. It provided me with a place to grow and really blossom into who I am today.

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.

It was really paper heavy towards the end. Other than that the course work was manageable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Was great the al-amana center did a great job of arranging everything that we needed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our housing in Manah was amazing. It was a bit difficult with having 3 women sharing one room other than that I can't complain.

* Food:

Amazing being able to have a cook come in once a week to cook us Indian food when we lived in Mutrah. Also in Menah a great experience with having a cook for all three meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Only down side was women be prepared to be stared at... Your a western women and men will look. I never felt in danger, it was just awkward some of the men's reaction to women over there made me feel uncomfortable when I went out alone. Traveling in pairs for women is almost a must.

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)

only spent money really on souvenirs....and a meal out here and there

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe 8 a week


* 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

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 321
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? learn the alphabet before you go!!!!!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Religious componet
  • language
  • trips
* What could be improved?
  • housing
  • predepature program
  • meeting with students before leaving for the trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That we really don't use the camping equipment

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Omani Culture and society

Course Department:
Instructor: Akhmed
Instruction Language: english
Comments: We only met for only a month. Was extremely difficult were only graded on one paper for the whole class.
Credit Transfer Issues: