Williams Mystic: The Ocean from All Perspectives Past Review

By (Environmental Studies., Wellesley College) for

Williams College: Mystic - Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. It was a great change of pace from traditional education. It was very hands-on.

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

Many support services-- the alumni connections are incredible. There is a network of WM alums all over the world that are willing to help and support you in all of your academic endeavors!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We were given money each week for groceries and were able to cook for ourselves. It was a great experience!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We all went to the local contra dances. Great time!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very aware of safety precautions in all situations

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? very little-- maybe $5-10 for gum, toiletries, or other luxuries besides the staple groceries
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to go back to your home institution, the transportation is not always easy. Make sure you have money to take the Amtrak train or a bus, which can be up to 50 or 60 dollars.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* 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 do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go in with an open mind, ready to make friends with all kinds of people, and ready to learn about the ocean!