Amazing experience, learning to sail a 130' sailboat through Europe Past Review

By (Economics and Politics, Bard College at Simon's Rock) - abroad from 07/04/2014 to 08/02/2014 with

SEA Semester: Programs at Sea – Historic Seaports of Western Europe ( Summer )

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It influenced my BA thesis work. And my life experience. I can't recommend enough.

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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.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 0- everything is included in the program cost.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Sailing
  • Sunsets
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Arrival and departure coordination/advice. Plan in advance (Sunday's in Spain leave nothing open)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack less than you think. Layer clothing, with baggy (NOT TIGHT fleecees). Also, bring comfy, stylish, real clothing for port-stops.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.