Student Experiences

Jessica Jin

CIEE Prague, Czech Republic
Government/Art

Describe your typical day: My apartment was nearby the huge fortress where classes were held. After class, friends and I would go out to eat and maybe see a show. CIEE paid for shows, games, and even movies. 

Favorite food discovered while abroad: Trdelnik—a pastry with cinnamon sugar you can buy from street vendors. 

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? Vyšehrad was the fortress complex where the school was. It has grassy areas, a famous graveyard, and even a vineyard. We would hang out there and once stumbled upon a free jazz concert. 

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? 
Any time we went to the Meet Factory. It was a really cool art space that had musical shows and often had different art exhibitions.

Ted Hall

SIT Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Relations

Describe your typical day: I had Spanish class twice a week. In our other class, we focused on a different theme every couple weeks. The Program brought in guest professors and lecturers four or five time a week. All the classes were in the morning. After class, I’d go out to lunch with friends at a sit-down restaurant. Then we’d go explore parks and museums. It was a lot more on your own than in-class time. 

Favorite food discovered while abroad: I really enjoyed empanadas. In restaurants, they’d have a deal called the executive menu. You could get an appetizer, meal, and dessert pretty inexpensively. 

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? Definitely visiting Iguazu Falls—200 waterfalls going over a cliff face on the border between Argentina and Brazil. 

SIT Kunming, China P.P.E.

Describe your typical day: I would wake up at the same time as my host sister. Then I’d walk to school, have lunch in a local market, and go to class. I’d eat dinner with my host family, and then go out with friends in the city. Sometimes we’d do karaoke.  

Favorite food discovered while abroad: Noodles in peanut broth or hand-pulled noodles.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? The surrounding mountains, we hiked there a few times.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? The friends that I made. 

What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus? Navigating cultural differences with my host family. My host parents expected me to teach my host sister English because they took something I said in passing really seriously. 

SIT Amman, Jordan
P.P.E.

Describe your typical day: I would wake up, make sandwiches with my host mom while drinking Turkish coffee, and then take a taxi to class. Normally I’d walk to get falafel for lunch then after class I’d go to a nearby gym or taxi to a café with friends. In the evenings I’d go home and have dinner with my host family and watch TV with my host sisters before bed.

Favorite food discovered while abroad: Due to price and ease, falafel sandwiches. Abu Mahjoob was one of my favorite places to get falafel; it was sold out of a window and was super spicy.

Alexa Heydenberk

IES Granada, Spain
Economics-Accounting

Describe your typical day: I would wakeup in my homestay and eat breakfast with my program roommate and host mother and get a coffee on the way to class. In the evenings I would go to the gym, do homework, or hang out with friends in a café. For dinner, we normally went out for tapas with friends.

Favorite food discovered while abroad: I really liked Paella and Spanish tortilla.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? Parque Lorca was extremely beautiful and a great place to walk around, hang out, or go for a run. It was also cool to walk up into the Albaicin and stop at the miradors which look out over the city. 

Amy Ingram

IFSA Butler – Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Relations/Economics

Describe your typical day:
I would wake up, eat breakfast, and head to class. Then I’d have lunch with friends in the city and do some schoolwork. After I might sit in a park for a while before going home to hang out with my host mom.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?  
I lived by a huge open green area—there were parks for miles. It was a great place for running, picnics, or playing soccer.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
I liked that it was independent. You can choose how much time to spend with people with the program versus meeting local students, which worked well for me. Favorite food discovered while abroad: Empanadas. And I ate a lot of ice cream

Caroline Hays

DIS Copenhagen, Denmark
Public Policy Analysis: Biology

Describe your typical day:
I would start by making breakfast with my host mom before class every day. After class I would do homework or explore Copenhagen before helping my host brother with his homework.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Æbleskiver—Little round pancake or donut things that were served with powdered sugar and jam as it got closer to the holidays.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
There was this great coffee shop in the old part of the city near the Parliament building. It had bright green ceilings, candles on every table, and the best lattes I've ever had. Plus lots of good people watching.

Annushka Shivnani

IES Paris, France 
International Relations 

 
Describe your typical day:
I would wake up each morning and have breakfast with my host family. Then I took the metro to our program center for class. All of my classes were in French, including the two intro IR electives I took. Class ended around noon or two. In the afternoons, I’d go to a museum or really nice park, or walk around. There are so many beautiful parks in Paris. Sometimes the program planned trips for us on weekends. In the evening, I’d eat dinner with my host family. On weekends I traveled a lot.  

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
The food was amazing, I loved everything. My homestay mom would make chocolate crepes and typical French desserts, which were delicious.  

Kate Connaughton

IES Granada, Spain
Economics

Describe your typical day:
In between classes some friends and I would hang out at various cafés. Then for lunch my host mother would make a big meal, which was always followed by a siesta. During the afternoons I would explore the city and go on hikes and end the day by going out for tapas with friends.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
My host mom would make paella every Sunday, she would be cooking all day, it was really delicious.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
One of the trips organized by IES was traveling through morocco for a week. I loved this trip because it was so immersive; we were able to stay with families and form relationships with Moroccan students.

Hannah Bottum

CIEE Havana, Cuba
International Relations/Spanish

Describe your typical day:
There were only four students in my program and we took classes with Cuban students, so after class we would hang out with Cuban students. Otherwise I would hang out with my host family.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Ropa Vieja—shredded beef with rice and beans.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
Havana is very walkable so I really liked walking to and around the old town with friends. It was kind of touristy but there were lots of cheap and free art shows and concerts. The beach was really nice too.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
Every Wednesday we would go see a live band. Everyone there was such a good dancer.

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