A 360 view of health around the globe! Past Review

By (BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES., Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/13/2012 to 05/08/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much appreciation for public policy on health and the impacts that such could have on communities worldwide. I also learned so much about each country and all the cultures we encountered. It was definitely a worthwhile experience.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo Hanoi School Of Public Health Southern African Wildlife College
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.

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Varied from country to country, but it was about an average of $80/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to make your own lunches, because buying everyday gets expensive.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

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  • 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?
  • Being able to stay with host families
  • Site visits and guest lecturers
  • Country Coordinators
* What could be improved?
  • Course rigor
  • Timelines and scheduling
  • More balance between classes and projects
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Time goes by quick in each country... enjoy every moment of it! Completely immerse yourself.