Great program in concept, just okay in execution, but I'm glad I went January 20, 2023

By (Environmental Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2022 to 12/13/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I saw many different ways of life in Bhutan, learned about environmental politics from a Bhutanese perspective, experienced incredible landscapes and culture, and had an intensive field work experience.

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.

* 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? No

The academics were not challenging and mostly relied on pure memorization. Field work for courses and research lacked was enjoyable but lacked precision. Some employees largely didn't do their jobs, leaving students to pick up the slack.


* 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? Probably about 5-15$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Studying somewhere where the exchange rate helps you is a great way to save money if that's your goal


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Travelling within Bhutan
  • Our Political and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Environment course
  • Guest lectures
* What could be improved?
  • The Health and Wellness Manager
  • The style of language teaching
  • Grading and teaching in Mountain Ecology and Land USe courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Exams and grading will mostly be memorization focused, research will not be as academically rigorous as you hope, the program is extremely isolated from the local community

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.