SIT Study Abroad Participant Reviews
Submitted by Kyra Smith - Louisiana State University | January 10, 2018
India is a complicated place that it's hard to really get a feel for in one semester. The classes were great and the program was exciting but not necessarily the best fit for me. This is a great program if you're looking to study architecture or religion and are not interested in discussing India's history of colonialism.
A personal growth journey
Submitted by Sarah - Muhlenberg College | October 29, 2017
I enjoyed the variety of experiences I had doing this program. We took several trips so we got to see a good portion of the country. The host families were all nice and wanted to help their students and have them be involved with family activities. It was difficult to adjust to all of the sudden changes at first, but the staff were all helpful at in country orientation. The academics weren't very rigorous, most likely because you are encouraged to do a lot of investigating on your own time and experiencing the culture beyond books. I would have liked a more detailed methods course that gave more practical examples, but the traditional medicine and public health courses were interesting, with a fair number of guest speakers. I loved the ISP (independent study project) period, as it allowed for the most freedom and you can investigate a specific topic that really interests you.
An unforgettable, non-traditional, study abroad experience
Submitted by Cailin Campbell - University of San Francisco | October 24, 2017
I had a wonderful experience with SIT in Bolivia. I absolutely loved living in Cochabamba. I really loved living with my host family. I definitely miss them the most. I also made some great friends. I learned a lot about Bolivian reality, decolonization, indigenous communities and cosmovisión, and neoliberalism. The program does a good job of challenging western perspectives. I would definitely do it again!!!
Experiment leadership institute participant
Submitted by ChrissyChris - The Cate SChol | October 21, 2017
I learned so much as a result of this program. I was able to immerse myself in a culture that was so different from my own. I would recommend this program to anyone who is openminded and willing to challenge their current understandings of global issues. This program was physically and emotionally strenuous but a worthwhile experience, nonetheless
Best experience ever
Submitted by Charley - School Without Walls HS | October 06, 2017
This program was the greatest experience of my life. The people I met, the places I went, and the things I learned will stay with me forever. The group leaders (both American and Indian) were some of the wisest, nicest, inspiring people I have ever met. The culture shock was insane, India is a crazy, overwhelming place, but it is also beautiful, incredible, and inspiring. The people are so welcoming and warm, and love that you want to learn about their country. This trip is so worth going on, I learned more than I thought I ever could, became life-long friends with incredible people, and became passionate about public health.
Challenging, safe, life-changing experience
Submitted by Elizabeth - - | September 01, 2017
I truly sing the praises of the Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community program in India to anyone who will listen. I spent the Fall semester of my junior year in 2015 studying in Delhi with SIT, and it was the greatest choice I have made in my academic career thus-far. I wanted a program that pushed me outside of my comfort zone and was not something I ever could have experienced in a classroom at Williams College, my home institution. This semester did that and more. I learned about healthcare practices and policy in India through an experiential-based model, doing workshops at long-functioning NGOs and speaking with doctors, midwives, and community health workers at District Hospitals and Community Health Centers; I spoke with people from the WHO and with Indian government officials; I led an independent study project by myself in rural Uttar Pradesh on maternal health access and outcomes. But the best part of the program lies in the staff and support through the SIT program in Delhi. Our professors were our teachers but also our parents away from home, helping us push ourselves to the limits of our comfort zones as juniors in college, while feeling safe and confident all the way. I felt supported 24/7 in all my new experiences. This program impacted my approach to my classes, education, and goals for a future career in healthcare back in the states, and led me to get a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship continuing public health research with connections I made during my independent study on the program.
Experience of a lifetime!
Submitted by Maggie Pierce - High School | August 31, 2017
I loved this trip! I was able to learn so much of the culture, history, language and politics not just from hitting the books but actually experiencing it first hand! The team in Jordan is incredible and shows extreme love and care for every student
A new adventure
Submitted by Kamryn - University Academy | August 31, 2017
In Jordan I was able to meet some amazing people and do some amazing things. Before the trip I could not speak a lick of Arabic but by the end I could have a steady conversation with people in the city. After our classes the students all went into the city to buy stuff, eat, or just hang out. It was a great environment, great people, and great food.
Life Changing experience
Submitted by Ky Putnam - Milton Academy | August 24, 2017
I went into the program not knowing what to expect and I came out with experiences that will shape my life forever. In this program I was pushed to view my American sexual education in a different light when comparing it to the education in the Netherlands. From an exhibit about sex in the Amsterdam Children's Museum to the sexual education that begins in kindergarten, I fell in love with the open attitudes people have about sex. We had amazing speakers in the classroom who were all so knowledgable in their field. But really the best part of the trip for me was the people I went with. The group leaders were so good about making sure we safe and having fun. And the other students were some of the most open minded and inclusive people you could ever meet. By the end of the three weeks I felt like I had created a family with them. I will never forget the late night talks with my roommates about everything from gay hookup culture to police brutality. Before lessons in the morning those early to the office would have coffee together and talk about activism and queer* culture and sexual education. That is the kind of environment that this program fosters. This program was full of learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
Overall a really great trip!
Submitted by EB123 - Grace Church School | August 09, 2017
I throughly enjoyed my time in the Netherlands. Not only was the group of students on the program incredibly accepting, kind, and inclusive, but the activities set up for us were engaging and educational. Some of my favorite excursions included the tour of the Red Light District and the boat tour of the canals. The program allowed all of the students lots of freedom to explore Amsterdam and spend time in the main part of the city which gave all of the students lots of independence. Though we had the opportunity to be independent, there was also a lot of time spent in the group taking classes and going on trips which allowed us to all become very close. One thing that I would change is the location of the home-stays; I was pretty far from the main part of the city and had to commute for at least 80 minutes everyday.