Past Review

By (Accounting, SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Binghamton: New Delhi - Technology, Economy, and Society in India

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained a new perspective of living and an appreciation for conditions and food in the United States. I feel that the trip did meet its goal of teaching us about conducting business in India (in several specific industries) and basic ideas that could be applied to other emerging markets.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: We visited Lovely Professional University on the tour.
The term and year this program took place: Winter 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I felt like I learned alot about the culture in India as well as the economic and business issues we discussed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We spent a lot of time waiting to do things. We were never on time for anything. I think the program could have benefited from a more strict schedule so more could be accomplished.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We mostly stayed at the Hotel Karat 87. It was okay, but they tried to give us "bottled water" that was really just plastic bottles that had been refilled from who knows where. The hotel staff tried to be very accommodating and had the internet access working for the most part. Sometimes the water would heat up for the showers and sometimes no water would come out. It also smelled like moth balls. yuck. <br /><br /> It was very different from what we would expect from a hotel in the United States. That said, I felt my needs were minimally taken care of. It was certainly not nice or luxurious. I felt that the accommodations at LPU were below basic. Showering with a bucket was interesting once, but I wouldn't have wanted to do it any more than that.

* Food:

We mainly ate vegetarian food, and because I don't like spicy food I was limited a lot of times to what I actually did eat. I felt like I ate almost all carbs and that the other food groups were almost nonexistent from my diet. There was always plenty off food available, it was just a question of what I would actually eat. i enjoyed when we started to have American food, but then that too became overwhelming because we ate McDonald's for several days in a row.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone on the trip got along pretty well and included each other.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We definitely should have had the opportunity for more sleep. That probably contributed to a number of health problems people experienced. I didn't get sick, but when people were sick, the professor tried to do what he could for them and offered to call a doctor if they wanted. That said, many times people who were sick were dragged along with us because it was difficult to make arrangements to stay at the hotel alone for only a few hours. In order to rest they would have had to miss an entire day of the tour. I felt relatively safe, but definitely not 100% secure. Security was generally good when we went places, but just walking around I was nervous. I also didn't trust leaving my stuff in the hotel room.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? It depended, almost all of our meals were included, but a few things were on our own. I probably spent like $15 on food and bottled water during the trip.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It didn't feel like I was spending real money. Make sure you keep track of how much you're taking out of the ATM in US dollars.


Language acquisition improvement?

We used English entirely, so there was really no way to improve language skills. It was a valuable lesson in communicating clearly, especially with people who had limited English skills, like the employees in our hotel.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You definitely need an open mind for this trip. Also don't forget about the course work that goes with it upon returning to the US.