finding balance (and maybe happiness) in Bhutan Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/25/2018 to 12/05/2018 with

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Bhutan - Bhutan - Himalayan Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about environmental science, how living in another country is different from living in the US, and I gained new friends!

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.

Wonderful professors, interesting topics, not as challenging as the college I attend in the US

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helpful, kind, and thoughtful, they made sure our experience was good

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

amazing food!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not as integrated as we could have been, but I learned a lot from my professors

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $5


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • outdoor activities
  • field research in forest
  • classmates
* What could be improved?
  • more Bhutanese professors
  • more integration of Bhutanese youth
  • more time for directed research
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How warm Bhutan actually is

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.