Beautiful Country and Amazing Program Past Review

By (Public Health, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 01/20/2020 to 05/04/2020 with

SIT Study Abroad: Switzerland - Global Health and Development Policy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained worldly exposure, learned from experts of humanitarian crises, had access to the UN European Headquarters in Geneva. Also was able to learn firsthand while living in a village in Morocco for a week - hands down a once in a lifetime experience!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academically rigorous, but on such interesting information and current events!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host family is such a blessing - they welcome you into your family and it feels like home!

* Food:

For those who have dietary restrictions (i.e. gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) you may want to consider another country. The Swiss tend to only eat cheese, bread, coffee, and chocolate!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No vaccines needed for this program.

* Safety:

Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world; that being said, it is common knowledge to stay safe and have a group with you as much as possible!

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)

1.5: Everything in Switzerland is extremely expensive - even the toothpaste. Luckily, SIT gives a food stipend for lunch, and your host family provides breakfast and dinner.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~ 150 Swiss Francs
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just try not to spend too much money on pastries!


* 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 Spanish
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? Even if you mess up and it makes you uncomfortable, practice the language! The French tend to be nicer and more favorable if they see that you're attempting to communicate with their language.

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Views
  • Educational Opportunities
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Phone Bill Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Expect to walk - A LOT.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'