Best Decision I've Ever Made December 02, 2018

By (SUNY - Stony Brook) - abroad from 01/16/2018 to 04/01/2018 with

SUNY Stony Brook: Kenya - Field School in the Turkana Basin

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about anthropology and human evolution in each two week class than I ever have in a semester long class. I also learned a lot about myself, and gained a great baseline of research to help me in my career. It was 100% worthwile.

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

* 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

The semester abroad with TBI was the best 10 weeks of my entire life. I made relationships that I know will last me the rest of my life. It was so amazing that I even came back for the summer program as a TA and undergrad researcher, and I'm so glad I did.

Finances

* 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? $10

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • The professors and their classes
  • Being able to talk to renowned researchers over dinner
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • More people need to come each semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I'd miss it once I left

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!