This is Amazing December 03, 2018

By (SUNY - Stony Brook) - abroad from 01/16/2017 to 04/01/2017 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 a ton about my major, gained friends, and gained experience traveling in another country. Absolutely 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.

It's a lot easier to study for a class when it's the only class you're taking at a time AND everyone around you is also taking that exact same class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing is amazing: you're with your new friends, you can see the stars and the sunrise and sunset every day.

* Food:

Their fruit was the BEST, it was always fresh and so so sweet. I would go back to TBI just to eat mangoes.

* 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

I love this program. All the ways that it differs from a traditionally structured study abroad made it even better.


* 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? The only things I spent money on that wasn't the program cost was souvenirs


* 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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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • ~same cost as a semester on campus
  • new friends
  • mangoes
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wouldn't be prepared to leave Kenya at the end