Worth doing but not re-doing. June 05, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/25/2018 to 12/12/2018 with

SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics (Fall 1)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about activism and co-ops, and it was not worthwhile.

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?

* 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:

Honestly, all the talk about safety was excessive. They got the point across and then began to waste time talking about safety procedure. We went through similar talks at each new site.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

It was mis-advertised, and while the program was ambitiously oriented (travel, topics, etc) it just could not pull it off to make it worthwhile.

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? $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Actively budget and track what you spend and how.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experiencing new cities.
* What could be improved?
  • It would reflect the academic goals promised.
  • Could be more effectively run.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the main academic themes of planning and politics were much more fringe-oriented than advertised.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

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Urban Planning and Sustainable Environments

Course Department: Urban Studies
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Instruction Language: English
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Urban Politics and Development

Course Department:
Instructor: Umud Karaca Dalgic
Instruction Language: English
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Contemporary Urban Issues

Course Department: Urban Studies
Instructor: Dominique Somda and Umud Dalgic
Instruction Language: English
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Culture and Society

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: EDORDA
Instruction Language: English
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