India Past Review

By (Political Economy., Barnard College) for

St. Stephen's College: New Delhi - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worth while. It explained parts of the culture I could never understand without having been there, and gave me more confidence than before, and was just very fun.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academics is not a good reason to study abroad in India.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartment with American students. Raj Narayan Road, Civil Lines <br /><br />

* Food:

food was excellent.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

India is a fascinating country, and generally friendly and interesting if you give it a chance.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

India has inherent risks. They were dealt with fine. I wish there was a female doctor.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $10
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? medicine was kind of expensive.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
Language acquisition improvement?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is a great challenge, more than you are probably ready for. However, it you try to work with India, and try to understand it on its own terms, you will have a much more rewarding experience, then trying to create a small America in India or trying to understand all things on American terms.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Indian Art

Course Department:
Instructor: Devika Sethi
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was excellent, but only because of the specific professor. It was still quite slow.
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Course Name/Rating:

Economy, State and Society

Course Department:
Instructor: Aashita Dwara
Instruction Language: English
Comments: An absolute joke-no one took it seriously.
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Course Name/Rating:

Advance Microeconomics

Course Department:
Instructor: Grewal
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Good because it was very technical.
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