I was scared but I went anyway and was so happy I did. Past Review

By (Wheaton College, IL) - abroad from 07/26/2017 to 12/04/2017 with

Wheaton College: Thimphu - Wheaton in Bhutan

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned more about myself and how I want to focus my degree back at Wheaton. Even in general, I've had experiences that have helped me figure out what I want in a career and what types of people I want to surround myself with.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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:

The food at the mess isn't always good but there is a cafe on campus which offers a variety of food and it is easy to go into town (about a 20 minute drive) for a variety of food options as well.

* 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

I've fallen in love with this country and enjoyed the friendships I've made.


* 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? Usually I would spend about 25 dollars per week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say don't be afraid to bargain with taxi drivers. They try and charge you more because you're a foreigner. Once you know what the fair price is, definitely ask them for it.


* 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? I would say talking with taxi drivers, your Bhutanese roommates, and other Bhutanese friends as well as using it when you go shopping in town are good ways to practice.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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 people
  • The scenery/hiking availability
  • The trips I went on which helped me learn about the culture
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring long sleeve shirts!