The best decision I made in college! January 28, 2023

By (Marketing, Saint Leo University) - abroad from 09/09/2022 to 12/24/2022 with

Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about local culture, cuisine, history, and relationship lifestyles with 500+ people!

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.

The educational experience was great. I enjoyed the class labs in country and able to participate in many group projects. Not rigorous, fun and engaging. Professors are always available for office hours, know that research for papers and projects is minimal with no wifi.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great, super helpful and quick to respond.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Beyond words for how SAS has shaped me as a global citizen. This trip has taught me about local culture in each port and how to be respectful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Doctor on the ship was sweet and helpful when in need.

* Safety:

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

Having the opportunity to travel to 15+ countries, make new friends, network with individuals from all across the world and immerse yourself in culture is like no other. This voyage was truly a dream and hold memories I will forever cherish and share.


* 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)

This trip is not cheap, plan on spending $$ in each port

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 400


* 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

Taught us basic phrases for each port

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? high school
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • People
  • Ship
  • Adventures
* What could be improved?
  • Management Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do not be nervous, reach out and talk to everyone and make connections! Say Yes and always do something that scares you

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.