Most amazing experience of my life! Past Review

By (Ecology, Evolution Biology, Muhlenberg College) - abroad from 02/02/2015 to 05/07/2015 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?
SFS and my fellow students have helped me to grow in ways I never thought possible. My semester in the TCI was everything I could have wanted and so much more. I learned valuable field techniques, spent hours on end in the ocean, and really learned how to disconnect and focus on the important things. I did research that really mattered and made friends who I hope to be in touch with indefinitely. I honestly could not have asked for anything better.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Basically everything except spring break (which can get expensive!!) is covered, so as long as you are aware of how much you spend at bars and convenience stores, you should be fine!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • field work
  • community environement
  • recreational dives
* What could be improved?
  • health problems can be difficult to address here
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The program is VERY structured, and can be difficult for people who aren't used to having such a rigid and full schedule

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.