Unforgettable and valuable experience! Past Review

By (Colgate University) - abroad from 08/21/2018 to 12/03/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish improved immensely and I learned a lot about social issues in Bolivia.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Cheaper than at home! The only issue people had was bathroom related illness, and that is to be expected in any place one is not used to the food. Did not deter from my experience!

* Safety:

Same safety concerns as any other city. Be careful of your belongings and be aware of your surroundings.

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

If I could I would love to do another SIT program in Latin America. I loved my host family, my program friends, the trips, and the opportunity to improve my Spanish.


* 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)

Food is cheaper and a lot of it was covered by host family or excursions. Not much needed for out of pocket, but plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 bolivianos
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you like to go out, there are plenty of places with no cover charge. Eat at home to save 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

We spoke Spanish 100% of the time with families. We were encouraged to always speak Spanish with each other if we were in public or with anyone who did not speak English. The research methods class was in English though and we spoke English in the classroom if we were talking about logistics or anything non-course related.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level at college
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? Find people to talk to! Go over basic grammar stuff before leaving, but the only way to improve communication is by communicating.

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?
  • Host Family
  • Excursions
  • Program Size
* What could be improved?
  • Pre-Departure Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's okay if your Spanish ability isn't great beforehand. ALSO DON'T BUY MALARIA MEDS OR ALTITUDE MEDS OR TRAVELERS' DIARRHEA MEDS.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'