IHP: Changing the way you see the world! Past Review

By (Political Science/Peace and Justice Studies, Wellesley College) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Without a doubt.

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.

IHP challenges our conventional notions of education and academics. It pushes you to learn from everything you experience instead of confining your learning to the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Having a country coordinator in each country was especially helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host families were an indispensable part of my experience.

* Food:

Email me and I'll tell you!! I have a list of places in each city we went to that I loved. Our host families also made amazing food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Host families.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I hardly felt unsafe. IHP gives you a safety briefing at the start of each country so you'll know what to expect. There was a sandfly/flea/bugbite issue that we had in Langa, South Africa but it was solved.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save your money for Vacation!

Language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
  • Hotel
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experiential Learning
  • Host Family
  • Comparative Approach
* What could be improved?
  • Experience of teaching faculty
  • Need for more unstructured time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it!! It will change your life,