I'm a much stronger person than I realized Past Review

By (Psychology/Anthropology, Tulane University) for

SIT Study Abroad: Jordan - Modernization and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot. I'm a much stronger person than I realized. However, I wish SIT had let us travel during the program.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was great until the last month. There really wasn't enough time (in my opinion) for the ISP and I would've preferred having more time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were mostly really great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Like I said earlier, I was pretty upset by the host family I was given (an elderly couple who never left the house), but I was eventually switched after I learned my host father was dying. My new host family was nice, but distant. My host brother did not like me very much since I took his room.

* Food:

Again, Jordan is a hard country to be a vegetarian in.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There are a lot of great trips included in the package. I probably could never have afforded a plane ticket to Egypt otherwise.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There was a doctor, but you had to pay him upfront and I knew a few people were unhappy with him. However, I am certain that had there been any real emergency issues, SIT would've given us anything that was needed.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? They gave us a pretty great stipend, so I can't really complain. I wish there had been more knowledge of where other students lived for cab-sharing purposes. They did tells us who we were supposed to live near, but they weren't always right. I wasn't really near anyone, so I spent most of my stipend each week on the cab and buying food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
Language acquisition improvement?

A lot of people spoke English, but not everyone. The language partner program was amazing.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I already said them above.