The experience of a lifetime Past Review

By (Smith College) - abroad from 02/04/2019 to 05/18/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador - Development, Politics and Languages

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Incredible academics with tons of excursions and in-the-field learning. Amazingly enthusiastic professors make it so fun.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Wonderful, great orientation to help you get settled, Diana brings you to all your medical appointments, the staff is super supportive and nice and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great host family.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Great integration with the host families, on excursions a little less integrated because you are with you program. However, on one excursion you have an additional brief homestay.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Because the program has its own insurance, every doctor visit was reimbursable. You will need the yellow fever vaccine and a few meds like malaria meds etc.

* Safety:

Quito is fine as long as you keep your wits about you. Avoid being out alone at night.

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

You will go places and see things you would have never ever thought you would go to or see. This program is rich in experience.


* 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)

Easy. 50 cents a day total for transportation to and from school.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 10 dollars for transportation, not much more than that. Maybe 15?


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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
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? seek it out. Seek out practice. Choose to challenge yourself by using the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Professors
  • Excursions
  • Host Family
* What could be improved?
  • non-traditional gender inclusion/consideration
  • packing list could be more accurate
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the packing list should be questioned, I'd email alumni to ask about any doubts you may have.

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.