By (Environmental Studies., Austin College) - abroad from 02/04/2013 to 05/09/2013 with

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Turks and Caicos Islands - Marine Resource Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much from this experience! This program was very academically oriented and I felt like I learned so much more with all the hands on experience! The locals were always fun to be around and being next to the ocean and all the marine wildlife was spectacular! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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?

there is no hospital on the island so if there were any major problems you had to fly to Provo, however this was never a problem that I encountered.

* Safety:

I felt completely safe on the island with no problems at all.

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)

I really didn't need money at all with exception to spring break.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 5$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? This was such a cheap program as far as money I spent out of pocket!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The academics (hands on exposure)
  • The staff
  • The environment!
* What could be improved?
  • The dorms (shelving space)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I felt like I was very informed before going on this trip about all aspects of the program

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!