The most life changing, and amazing semester abroad!!! Past Review

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 01/05/2017 to 04/19/2017 with

Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so worth every penny. I learned more about who I am, what I want to do with my life, and who is important to me.

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.

The instructors on the ship are phenomenal!! They are so brilliant and have so much to teach; in and out of the classroom!!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The M/V World Odyssey is one of the most BEAUTIFUL ships.

* Food:

The food is okay. In country it is much better.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The shipboard clinic was awesome! Didn't ever have to go, but they seemed on top of everything.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Semester at Sea changed my life for the better and taught me things I could have never learned in Pullman, Washington, or the United States themselves.


* 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)

I am good at budgeting. Everything was fine for me! I always had lots of spending money.


* 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

They would teach us some basic phrases before every port and encouraged us to use them in port! The citizens of the country I encountered were always excited to hear us use their language!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? 2 high school years in French
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? Don't be afraid to use the basisc phrases you know!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
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 whole experience
  • Living on a cruise ship
* What could be improved?
  • The food
  • My home institution's whole idea of it
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To be super open to all of the new experiences

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.