A Wonderful Life Experience! Past Review

By (Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College) - abroad from 09/01/2020 to 12/14/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: India - Sustainable Development and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to navigate new cultural context, and be comfortable and confident in unfamiliar settings. I learned so much about practicing and implementing sustainability. I also made amazing friends and memories!!

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.

This is an academically rigorous program. The SIT staff are so kind, and very helpful if you have any questions or need help.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The Jaipur SIT staff are wonderful people with kind hearts. I learned so much during my time with them, and they do everything they can to create a happy and safe learning envioment.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I have an excellent relationship with my host family, and even though I have been back in the USA for a few months, I still often talk to my host sister and host mother. SIT really works to pair you with a family that will match your needs and personality.

* Food:

Incredibly delicious. The food that I had with SIT is some of the best food I have had in my entire life, and I haven't been able to find my favorite dishes that are comparable back home. It also was very easy to either be a vegetarian or to eat meat.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Navigating Jaipur is a little tricky, but SIT takes precautions to help keep their students safe. At the beginning of the program there is a two week transition period where you learn everything you might need to know in terms of safety and navigation.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Most weeks I spent less than $20.


* 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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
  • International Students
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?
  • Excursions!!!
  • Internship
  • SIT Staff
* What could be improved?
  • Pre-departure Hindi work
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had brought better luggage that was easy to carry, but not too small for week long excursions.

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.