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By (Peace Studies, Goucher College) - abroad from 08/28/2013 to 12/14/2013 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 how to question the current nation-state system as well as the way we approach universal human rights. I have never learned more or been exposed to more in my life. I cannot express how worthwhile this was.

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.

The program challenged me academically to think in ways I had not considered before.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We had three on-site administers because the program travels to three countries. All three country staffs took completely different approaches and were fun and relatable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Each housing experience exposed me to different parts of the society we were living in.

* Food:

A lot of great things to try all over the world!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program is not an immersion program. It is a comparative program. The point is not to integrate into the society's in the short time that you are in them, but to learn with the communities students travel in. However, through dedicated country staff, host families, and language classes I did feel well immersed in each country.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They take good care of you even when you're sick.

* Safety:

They give you a lot of guidelines that if you follow you will be fine!

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)

They give you a stipend for food and transportation. The tuition is VERY expensive, but the experience and the way you get the money back through the experiences and stipends makes it worth it.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? different each country. Never more than $60 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy everything you like in Nepal- everything is cheapest there.


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

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  • Americans
  • Other
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?
  • The exposure to issues I never would have known about
  • The freedom to explore a variety of cities
  • Staying with five completely different host families
* What could be improved?
  • The academics at time took away from the experience
  • Communication between staff/ faculty and students
  • Group dynamic conversations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make the most out of it. It is unlikely that you will ever have an opportunity like this again. Pack light and feel grateful every single moment.

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.