Incredible Opportunity for Cultural Exchange Past Review

By (Lafayette College) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/13/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I came in fairly ignorant of Tibetan culture and history and left with not only a greater understanding of that, but also with friendships that I hope will last long after the 4 months of the program. This was the best decision I made in college.

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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

The staff feels like family and is incredibly supportive

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The homestay was one of the most rewarding parts of the experience

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Almost everyone on the program got sick but that was expected and when it happened it was handled very well

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe and though the female students felt safe in Nepal, some did not on trips into India

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It is impossible to know what my experience would have been like in other programs, but in speaking to friends who went elsewhere I can say that the experience I had in Nepal was unique. It was challenging and the greatest learning experience of my life.


* 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)

Much was provided by the program and living was generally very inexpensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Roughly $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? We were taught Colloquial Tibetan which I had no experience with prior to the trip
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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  • 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?
  • Independent Study Period
  • Experiential Pedagogy
  • Home Stay
* What could be improved?
  • More info prior to arrival
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think we all wish we had read more/had a better background in the culture before we came so that the greater appreciation for the smaller things could be felt more immediately.

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.