I fell in love with Delhi Past Review

By (Biology, University of Rochester) - abroad from 07/20/2014 to 11/21/2014 with

Study Abroad Programs in India

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying with IES in Delhi was just the experience I was looking for: unique, challenging, and full of opportunity. Adjusting to life in a city and country very different from my home city in the U.S. is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and IES was excellent in supporting that through great trips, cultural immersion (ie. cooking classes and dance), an orientation period which included visiting some less-touristed local stops (awesome "food walk" of Old Delhi) and some of the best coursework of my undergraduate career. I was worried that classes may not be up to par with my home university, however, the professors were very professional and engaging - each having many accolades in their field. The chance to live with an Indian family made this program extra special.... less like a study abroad program and more like a do-it-yourself academic experience (but with all the great resources and help from IES when needed).

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Excellent content, rigor was not as much as my home university, but given the adjustment conditions of being in a foreign country, it was fair

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing Staff! I feel as though I have lifelong friends

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very safe. Very friendly. A bit "too upscale"

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I miss wearing my salwar!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Program was great about escorting us to the local health clinic if necessary. TIP: Bring Immodium to Delhi!

* Safety:

Keep your wits about you. The program is good about providing support/numbers/tips... but it is not safe to do too many night activities in Delhi. Stay in groups after dark.

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)

India is very affordable

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't spend all your money in the beginning and get a feel for the currency!


* 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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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Excellent staff
  • host family experience
* What could be improved?
  • internship opportunity made available
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing. The info session prepped me enough. You have to be there and experience it!

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.'