Seeing the World in a Semester Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/19/2018 to 12/08/2018 with

SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Health and Community: Globalization, Culture and Care (Fall 2)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A love of writing and travel - yes.

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

Although the academic experience wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, the traveling and experiential learning were great.


* 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? About $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Utilize meals with family homestays


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Travel
  • Host Families
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Safety
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be vulnerable!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Health, Culture, Community

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Dr. Diana Szanto
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Could have been better organized
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Research Methods and Ethics

Course Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Dr. Diana Szanto
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Was not at all helpful in learning about structured research methods
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Public Health

Course Department: n/a
Instructor: Varied between countries
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The local faculty were very knowledgeable
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Course Department: n/a
Instructor: varied across countries
Instruction Language: engligh
Comments: Field trips and general history were very helpful
Credit Transfer Issues: