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By (International Relations And Global Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/28/2013 to 12/11/2013 with

SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was totally worthwhile. I learned about an amazing country and a really unique group of people. How much I love my own country and a better way of life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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?

My first host family was a bust but my second was amazing! My program was super prompt about switching me and I'm really glad I made the change.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program assistant and my family were super prompt about helping me to the hospital and getting all my health needs figured out. I was sick twice during the semester and I really appreciated their help.

* Safety:

Cochabamba can get dangerous and like any city you should be cautious with how many valuables you carry, walking alone, etc. Get some good friends, a cheap cellphone, and start learning your way around and you should be fine. But there are no real guarantees.

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)

Bolivia is ridiculously cheap so if you budget you should be fine

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? less than $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at home as much as you can (you've paid for those meals already!) take public transport as much as possible and keep count of the souvenirs you buy.


* 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

Incredible professors.

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Conversational Spanish
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? Talk to people on the micro, the street vendors, wait staff. People are really friendly in Bolivia and they will be really helpful while youre learning.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Trips
  • Host Family
  • Cochabamba
* What could be improved?
  • RME class
  • program description/ website
  • communication between directors and students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be friendlier and more open. Meeting people only helps