A Semester in Cape Town Past Review

By (Bucknell University) - abroad from 08/23/2019 to 12/05/2020 with

SIT Study Abroad: South Africa - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and how to advocate for myself. I had a few issues with the program that I had to learn how to cope with and alter on my own or with my classmates. I appreciated greatly the opportunities this program presented that allowed me to actually explore and learn on my own and so I fee like I personally really grew from the experience. It was absolutely worthwhile.

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

* 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:

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

I feel like the people that I met in my program and a lot of the experiences I had I wouldn't trade. Of course there were issues and things I would change but ultimately I would go back to Cape Town and visit my program advisors and I'm still close with some of the people from my program.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50


* 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? N/A
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? Study it, use it with your homestay families, especially the kids

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* 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?
  • My homestay families
  • My classmates
  • Our house during ISP
* What could be improved?
  • Some of the excursions were traumatic
  • Not a lot of free time for the first couple months
  • I wish I could've interacted with more people my age
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had been more prepared for how intense the first few month are. I went in expecting the same amount of freedom I had on my home campus and with a program like this one, It just wasn't really possible until the last month when we were doing independent study.

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!