Organized, no worries, purely South African experience! Past Review

By (Syracuse University) - abroad from 12/26/2017 to 01/12/2018 with

Study Abroad Programs in South Africa

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of perspective about my own nation and community.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This program was well organized! I have travelled with a other academic programs, and during this experience I was not worried once about a meal, travel arrangements, or my safety.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We were often in small groups with community members who brought us to places a large group would not be able to access. We travelled in taxi/buses with South African commuters, ate in homes, and met wonderful families. We engaged in dialog about our countries, politics, and our hopes for the future.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We were well informed of each community we traveled within and were guided by community members.

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

I enjoy visiting many places and have more experiences in mind.


* 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? 20


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • organization
  • access to local experiences
  • history
* What could be improved?
  • wish we travelled when local schools were in session
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a