Once in a life-time opportunity with life-changing events. Past Review

By (Psychology and Communication, University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 05/28/2012 to 06/18/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in South Africa

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained knowledge of myself and the world around me. 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.

The class was very beneficial. I feel I learned more applying things from the text book while abroad than learning in the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The apartment complex we stayed at was very clean and nicely up-kept. The other guest houses were equally as nice.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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? About $550
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Once you decide to go, take a certain amount of money from your pay check to put in a savings to collect money before you go. Budget, budget, budget!


* 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

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High School Spanish
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? Start using it with your friends back home before you travel.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local 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?
  • The sight-seeing
  • Service projects in Africa
  • The people I met
* What could be improved?
  • The housing
  • Course planning
  • More advisors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That traveling is easy and fun with others. I would like to take more abroad trips with others.