Complicated Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 01/25/2016 to 05/14/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a new sense of ethics/experience. I encountered a lot of things that have radically changed some of my worldviews and approaches to life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

Was not immersive, very touristic. Not high engagement with 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? No

I would choose a more immersive program, or something that allowed me to stay longer in one place.


* 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)

This depended on the country, for instance, it was very easy to live on a student's budget in nepal, but not in Jordan, where it was VERY expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find the good local places, not the places made for the foreigners.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Teacher, Clelia
  • Diversity
  • New perspectives on social justice
* What could be improved?
  • Ethics of program
  • longevity/focus
  • integration with culture.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That all the students I interacted with would be American/how focused it would be in that aspect.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!