Be Wary! Past Review

By (Skidmore College) - abroad from 02/25/2019 to 06/09/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a new family which is the best! I still keep in touch with my host mom to this day and can't wait to visit her again.

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.

This is a very hard program that will challenge you mentally. The readings on average were 20+ pages and completely in Spanish. Some professors are really passionate like my Spanish teacher and others it seems like they were just there for the paycheck.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Unfriendly, unhelpful and unorganized. But if you are a person who can deal with the punches, I wish you luck!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was the absolute best part of this program! I honestly would this program over again with all it's downfalls just to be back with my host family. They were the absolute best!

* Food:

The food in Cusco is overall delicious. You have to get anticucho whenever and wherever. Take advantage of all the cheap and yummy food while you're there.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We had class everyday with only people on the program. I wish we took class at the local university so we could have met more Peruvian students. When we traveled, it was more of a cultural experience; however it was pretty superficial.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was sick for a good 2 months and went to a doctor where I was given a home remedy of reduced onion and garlic juice with sugar. Only got more sick after that.

* Safety:

Cusco is a very safe city! Just like every where you go, be conscious and aware of your surroundings.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Although there were good times, the number of bad times outweighed the good ones.


* 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)

Cusco is a very cheap city! One month, I lived on $40 (120 soles).

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30 (100) more or less
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try and eat with your host family during every meal!


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Talk talk talk with your host family! They are the best place to practice your Spanish and to learn about their culture.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host Family
  • Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Administration
  • Class Structure
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? In Cusco you experience summer, fall, spring and winter all in one day so bring warm clothes with you for winter.