Amazing! Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., St. Mary's College of Maryland) - abroad from 06/08/2012 to 06/26/2012 with

St. Mary's College of Maryland: Traveling - India Study Tour

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A greater appreciation for the life that I have here in America. Yes it was worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was a study tour, so the educational aspect came mostly from experience and discussions. However, we did have to keep a journal and write a research paper when we returned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone in India was super nice and generous.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We were very integrated...we did not do typical "tourist" things.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Our professor made sure we were as safe as possible the entire trip without smothering us and taking away from the experience of being independent.

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20.00
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? India is very cheap so it is pretty easy to save money there. Plus, bargaining is always an option.


* 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

We learned a lot of easy Hindi phrases but I never really needed to use them.

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? French 300
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? Try practicing with others before you movies with the language in it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • The religious component
  • The hiking and traveling
  • The cultural differences
* What could be improved?
  • The food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring toilet paper and face wipes. Also, be prepared for people to video tape you, photograph you and touch you randomly.