Every person has a distinct and interesting story. Past Review

By (American/United States Studies/Civilization., Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/27/2013 to 12/15/2014 with

SIT Study Abroad: IHP - Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges and Advocacy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned the importance of looking at the world from others view points and that its always worth asking someone about their story. In every one of my countries I met 3 generations of my host families. It gave me a new outlook on the importance of family.

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.

In IHP programs you are taught through experiential learning. IHP gives students the opportunity to meet with incredibly influential people.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Each group of coordinators were very unique. They all worked extremely hard to give us a perspective of Human Rights in their country.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had 5 wonderful host families.

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with a family makes all the difference!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt relatively safe in Kathmandu, Amman and Santiago.

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


* 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)

It depended on the country.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40 dollars


* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living with Host Families
  • Traveling to three countries
  • Experiential learning
* What could be improved?
  • My Professors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Human Rights is an extremely tough subject to study, but in the end it is worth it. Talk to as many people as you can.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

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Foundations and Framework of Human Rights

Course Department:
Instructor: Irina
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class gave me the information regarding the important Human Rights Laws that have evolved over the last 80 years. It was useful in that we could look at Human Rights from that national and international level.
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NGOs and Civil Society

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Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was awesome. We had many guest lectures and site visits. This class is where I gained the majority of my information. We were also able to compare NGOs across the world and bring back information to the US. We had really cool assignments including creating our own NGOs.
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Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was an independent research course. We chose a topic and conducted interviews and did online research. It was interesting because we created questions and then compared them across three cultures.
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Comparative Issues of Human Rights

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Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class opened our eyes to main issues of Human Rights. We were able to look at issues in each country through different perspectives and then compare the topics.
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