The most eye opening, life changing, meaningful experience of my life!!! Past Review

By (Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University - Bloomington) - abroad from 01/07/2015 to 04/29/2015 with

Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained many things from my semester at sea but what I learned that I think will stick with me is how universal this world is. It was amazing to see how easy it was too connect with people from other cultures. I have gained more of a want to learn about the different cultures and communities that make up our world and I am interested to see how I can give back. I gained more interest in world news and politics. I have learned how to be more independent and it was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my entire life!

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.

Be being in a living and learning community, you get to know your professors on a very personal level. They really care about the topics they are teaching about and by traveling with them you are able to see how your topics in class relate to the world around us.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

small rooms but big enough and you don't spend too much time in them.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? save up far in advance. and make sure to have more than you need, just in case.


* 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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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 people I met
  • The variety of the countries we visited. They were all unique and different from one another.
  • how the classes directly corelated to what we were experiencing during our time in the different countries.
* What could be improved?
  • better preperation before the voyage
  • more integration between international students and American students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how to pack lighter because most of the things i brought were irrelevant and I never wore. I also wish I had done some research on each of the countries I visited so that I was a little more knowledgeable about them before I got there.

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.