Adventure Past Review

By (University of Colorado - Boulder) - abroad from 01/27/2019 to 05/06/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Field Studies in Journalism and New Media

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was exciting and an adventure, there were ups and downs, but I walked away with a greater cultural understanding and better connection to myself and the world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The ISPJ (independent study period journalism) was the most rewarding part of the experience and completely unique to other study abroad programs. The whole semester was worth it for these 5 weeks of independent research.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The homestays were a little rocky at the beginning with placement, but the teachers are super helpful with speaking to the coordinator and helping you adjust to the very new environment. It's a great way to experience cultural immersion.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very immersive, which is great.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A few people in our program got sick from the village stay but were taking care of accordingly.

* Safety:

It's safe but be aware, especially if you are a woman.

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)

Everything is much cheaper than in the U.S.! Very minimal costs. Great for if you're on a budget.


* 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

Knowledge of Arabic or French was greatly emphasized in class.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends made
  • ISPJ
  • Travel Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Administration
  • Homestay Coordinator
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The homestay situation is unique and not what you may expect. A lot of us didn't have a private room or a western toilet.