An experience Past Review

By (Art History and Anthropology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013 with

Study Abroad Programs in India

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think I really learned that I could push myself to live outside of my comfort zone and in a cultural that I was completely unfamiliar with.

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.

Academically was rigorous enough for a study abroad experience, and overall it was a very academically positive experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration members were really great and supportive throughout the semester- Mia-ji and Sunita-ji are wonderful individuals and make a significant impact during my semester abroad.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I chose group homestay and it was an overall wonderful experience.

* Food:

It was always really delicious, but I did get very ill a few times throughout the semester which was challenging. It was also difficult to get used to food that is so different than what I normally eat, but overall it was enjoyable.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I do feel as though I learned a lot more about Indian culture, but I did not feel entirely integrated during the semester because we had little contact with other Indians of our generation- most of my contact was with the rest of my program (mostly American students) and my host family- it was hard to make actual Indian friends unless you took classes at a nearby university.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The admins were extremely helpful and understanding whenever I fell ill during the semester, and it was very easy to go visit a doctor if necessary.

* Safety:

I didn't always feel entirely safe during the semester, as it was quite difficult as a woman in Delhi to not feel unsafe in certain crowded areas and/or during evening hours. It definitely felt very different than what I am used to back home in America.

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)

It is very easy to live on a minimal budget- I spent most of my money on plane tickets during weekend trips and as gifts to bring back home.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20-50 on food and approx. $50-100 on other expenses


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • program admins
  • fellow students
  • host family
* What could be improved?
  • teacher quality
  • overall quality of classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how emotionally and physically tiring it would be to live an entire semester in a country you are unfamiliar with- I think I was aware that I was going to have an amazing, indescribable experience but I wish I had heard others' experiences about how tiring and draining it can also be when living abroad in an unfamiliar place. Other than that, I think I was prepared to overall have an amazing experience abroad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Cities of Delhi

Course Department: Anthro/History
Instructor: Harini-ji
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Wonderful teacher, but assignments tended to sometimes be a little easy/ too close to busywork- friday field trips were really great experiences.
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Indian Socio-Economic Developlment

Course Department: Socio-econ
Instructor: Hemanshu-ji
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Class was unfortunately not enjoyable due to a really poor-quality teacher- he was incredibly inexperienced, rude, and tended to make assignments that were unnecessary, unhelpful to our learning, and tedious. I would not suggest taking this course unless the teacher was replaced by someone new.
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