An Illumination of the Most Beautiful Country of the World Past Review

By (Environmental Studies, American Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/15/2014 to 07/31/2014 with

SIT Study Abroad: Iceland - Renewable Energy, Technology and Resource Economics (Summer)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned more than I could possibly imagine about renewable energy and have been able to apply many of the program's course components to my life. I've also been able to appreciate the beauty of nature on a higher level than ever before.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Iceland is extremely expensive in general, buy in bulk if you buy food at the store, try to look for cheaper places when eating out.

Language

* 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

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? Spanish 30 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? Encourage your host family to speak Icelandic with you whenever possibly, have them work with you on assignments too.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • 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?
  • Resource Economics Component
  • Excursions
  • Host Family
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
  • Icelandic Course Component
  • Food Provided
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The Icelandic course component was definitely downplayed in the program description, so when we had intense Icelandic classes, sometimes for 3 hours at a time I was a bit thrown off guard.

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.