Quite a time July 12, 2021

By (Rhodes College) - abroad from 02/08/2021 to 05/19/2021 with

SIT Study Abroad: Nepal - Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. See review!

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.

I spent ten weeks in Nepal with SIT, during a short window of time wherein travel to the country was possible. In the face of many Covid precautions, program staff and only a few other students collaborated to make the semester as meaningful as I could possibly hope it to be. We trekked through forests and deserts to a small town at the feet of the Annapurna mountains, learned about community forestry in the midst of elephants and crocodiles, and in Kathmandu, became friends while hanging out on the rooftop of our hotel which replaced the typical homestay experience. The program staff were exceptionally well connected and experienced, allowing students to complete independent study projects, but when imminent lockdowns were announced, action was quick and efficient. Truly, I have too many memories to recount, and many lessons learned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

SIT adequately educated students on the relatively minor safety risks of Kathmandu.

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)


* 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? Intermediate Latin
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Being exposed to a plurality of things and ideas and learning to live among them.
* What could be improved?
  • I had such a great time that it's tough to answer this. It wasn't perfect but it was run during COVID and they did about as well as they possibly could.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Life will never stop bothering you with what you need.