amazing learning experience, beautiful people... try not to get too seasick! Past Review

By (Chemistry., Wheaton College) - abroad from 10/02/2011 to 12/24/2011 with

Sea Education Association: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I am glad I went, but I would not do it over because I was wayyyy to sea-sick.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

Living at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole was a BLAST, the housing was great and they took really good care of us.

* Food:

Given that they were cooking for 36 people on a boat, they did a pretty darn good job. Beware if you are vegetarian though, because you probably won't get enough to eat unless you try really hard.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

When we made port stops, I felt like they did a really good job of trying to show us the local culture from the inside.

* 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? 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? nada
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy bulk food for your house. Use coupons. Don't buy boxed cereal, it is super expensive.


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

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the other students
  • the housing arrangement during the shore component
  • learning navigation
* What could be improved?
  • not making you do "bow-watch" when the boat isn't moving
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the i am prone to sea-sickness and should have brought medication

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.