Still processing, synthesizing, and articulating all that I experienced Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 03/13/2013 to 03/25/2013 with

University of Northern Iowa: Tanzania - UNI Ultimate Field Experience in Tanzania

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much about the Tanzania culture (and many of the subcultures that make up that culture, a more worldly perspective, an appreciation for all the resources and luxeries we have here in our daily lives and especially the classroom, and the strengths and weaknesses of the american education system. Completely worthwhile

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)

Difficult to calculate with such a short program and everything paid ahead of time

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Difficult to calculate with such a short program and everything paid ahead of time
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Only take as much cash as you want to spend on souvenirs, plan ahead of time


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Immersion
  • Mix of tourist and "special" non-tourist expereinces
  • teaching
* What could be improved?
  • better communication with university study abroad
  • organization with university study abroad prior to leaving for the trip
  • a lot packed into the first couple of days
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is indeed completely worth the money :)

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!