A Wonderful Experience in India Past Review

By (Dance and Psychology, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/20/2013 to 05/06/2013 with

SIT Study Abroad: India - Sustainable Development and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about non Western cultures in general, and felt as though I had a chance to really integrate myself into Indian life. It was definitely an immersive and we were given many opportunities to explore on our own, treated like adults.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

I didn't not need any medical care in India, but the program assisted in over-the-counter medication treatments.

* Safety:

While Delhi is known for being unsafe, I did not ever feel threatened or in danger. I think the program did a very good job of preparing us for the realities of Delhi life.

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)

India is very cheap!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Average $20 or less


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Zero
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hotel
* 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?
  • ISP
  • Host Family
  • Travelling
* What could be improved?
  • Interaction with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be afraid to explore!

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

Course Name/Rating:

NIA seminar

Course Department:
Instructor: Mary Storm
Instruction Language: Hindi
Comments: The outside lectures were very good and informative, all were extremely informative. The assessments were sometimes unclear, however, and I often felt that the work was given just for the sake of having work and not necessarily to meet a particular end.
Credit Transfer Issues: