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By (Sociology and Anthropology, Elmhurst University) - 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?
SO IMPACTFUL. Get ready to have all your beliefs challenged and to question your role in the wider world.

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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.

Sociology courses were great, the Global Lens course left something to be desired. Travel Writing was fun. The courses were easier than at my home institution.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All of the staff and crew were phenomenal!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

You live on a ship goin' round the world...

* Food:

Pasta and Potatoes.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

A great ship culture formed and everyone was really friendly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

"You might get malaria, make sure to stay hydrated."

* Safety:

Don't rent motorbikes or you'll have a bad time.

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)

SAS and the home institution covered the full cost.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't overdo the field programs. You'll meet people on the pacific crossing.


* 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?
  • Deep Freindships Made
  • Intellectual Conversation with Friends and Professors
  • Ports
* What could be improved?
  • More, earlier emphasis on global tourism ethics
  • More privilege talks, earlier
  • Not porting in Singapore
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I was going to make friends and love it.

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!