Adventure with IDACA @ University of Cape Town, South Africa Past Review

By (Birmingham-Southern College) - abroad from 01/26/2019 to 06/08/2019 with

University of Cape Town: Cape Town - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I am so glad that I studied abroad in Cape Town. It was an extremely worthwhile experience that left me with new perspectives and outlooks on the world.

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.

Overall, I really enjoyed my classes at UCT. I learned a lot about my host country and all of my classes really helped to offer me newfound senses of perspective.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IDACA is absolutely amazing! I can't imagine my experience in Cape Town without having had Isabella and Shannon to help me through. They are miracle workers.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We had a lovely apartment that was secure and close by the University. Great place to live.

* 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:

While you always have to remain vigilant, as in all major cities, I always felt safe while in Cape Town. I felt that my living space was secure and I knew that I could always call Isabella or Shannon if there were any concerns/problems.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Accessability
  • Great to work with
  • Very trustworthy
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It might have been nice to have a better understanding of what travel outside of Cape Town looked like before arriving. However, we quickly learned through planning weekend trips and our school vac.

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.