Could have been a better experience Past Review

By (Criminal Justice and Corrections., Illinois State University) - abroad from 06/10/2013 to 06/28/2013 with

Study Abroad Programs in India

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about another culture, and had a chance to learn about truths and lies about the country. I definitely learned to appreciate the resources that we are given in America and to take advantage of everything. the experience of going overseas was worthwhile since I had never been out of the country before.

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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.

I do not believe that we had enough time in the classroom while visiting. Even though we had a few days where some of the grad students had presentations, and we had tours to certain areas, I wanted to experience more of a classroom setting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

they were very nice, and welcoming. i enjoyed their company

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I would have rather stayed in a dorm or on campus to get the full experience of what students on campus do instead of staying in multiple hotels throughout the trip if it was possible.

* Food:

The food was ok, but the amount of money that we had to spend on lunch and dinner was way too much. I thought that we would be receiving meals throughout the day, not just breakfast. The amount of money for food should have been included on the budget form.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

the country was pretty safe, just for females who plan on attending study abroad areas such as India, make sure that you know what clothes to where and when to where them

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? around $25- $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make sure you bring enough money for every single meal and not just snacks as well as try to budget your money weekly


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • group of people I went with
  • traveling to different parts of india
  • getting engulfed in a new culture
* What could be improved?
  • more time spent in the classrooom
  • better communication and attitudes from the faculty
  • needs to be more educational rather than a vacation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? i think it would be best to not know the teacher that you are going abroad with

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!