Culturally immersive program that made me want to learn so much more. Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/03/2019 to 12/16/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It really helped me put being a US Citizen into perspective. I am incredibly grateful to have that. I loved being in Nepal and I made some incredible friends. I learned a lot about religion, and global politics and I am now passionate about politics in a way I never thought I would be.

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 program is all about what you put into it. If you do all the readings it will be a decent amount of work but it is not overwhelming.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was absolutely amazing. They talked through any issues we had together until you could decide on a solution together. They were great at communicating with us and always being there. They were tough and also loving.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The arrangements were very solid given where in the world we were. You definitely need to have an open mind when headed to Nepal.

* Food:

The food at the program house was amazing and our homestay families made sure we were always fed.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is no way to ever be fully integrated, but I think we were given the resources to be able to make our own connections.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program was very helpful with me in my stay at a local hospital. The hospital itself was clean and lovely, but it will never be quite the same as a stay in a US hospital. They wanted me to stay longer than I needed to - this was thought because they would get our insurance money. That was a bit awkward, but other than that, everything was handled great.

* Safety:

I felt very safe at all times. I wouldn't go walking around by myself at 2am, but I wouldn't to that anywhere. I did get catcalled a lot, but never in an aggressive way.

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

Yes, I LOVED this program. I love the staff, I loved the opportunities and I was really grateful we had local students also doing classes with us.


* 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)

Very easily - things were much less expensive. I could easily go weeks without needing to spend anything.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take advantage of the home-cooked meals from your family and stick to local restaurants as you can get a meal for 7 people for the equivalent of $11


* 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

Yes, living with the homestay family and the area where we were forced us 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? 0
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Always keep speaking. Speak as much as possible

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Opportunities
  • Staff
  • Program Center
* What could be improved?
  • Spacing of assignments
  • Info leading up to independent study
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to bring an umbrella

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!