Experiential Learning January 30, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/21/2019 to 12/10/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad/IHP: Food Systems: Agriculture, Sustainability, and Justice

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile, the program is amazing - the staff & structure were not.

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?

* 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've chosen a program that enabled more discovery and independence as well as the ability to connect with people our age locally ex.) students / etc.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $35
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? $1000 at least

Language

* 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?

Select all that apply

  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • Locations
  • Views
* What could be improved?
  • Staff
  • Independence
  • Accessibility
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There would be little to no freedom or time to oneself (this is discouraged)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'