Past Review

By (Environmental Biology., Barnard College) for

SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador - Development, Politics and Languages

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned an incredible amount about living in another country, a lot about another culture, and a great deal about conducting scientific research.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned a tremendous amount about the subject I was interested in.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family in most of the places we traveled too. <br /><br /> I really enjoyed living in a host family

* Food:

difficult to be a vegetarian, but that's mainly because of the culture

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I went to the hospital and was very well taken care of

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? south america isn't particularly expensive, but you always spend more than you think you're going to


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
Language acquisition improvement?

My spanish improved a lot

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? be flexible, and be prepared to have things a bit unorganized