Student Experiences

Karissa Munoz

IES Salamanca, Spain
Biology/Spanish

Describe your typical day:
It was a smaller city so we could walk to class pretty easily. After class we would eat lunch with our host family, I ate every meal with my host family. Afterwards I would do homework or explore the city.

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Castañas—Roasted chestnuts that came wrapped in newspaper. My host mom also made Paella every Sunday.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
The Plaza was awesome. It was the heart of the city and everyone met up there. There was a huge party in the plaza that was an early New Year’s celebration people from all over came for the party.

Tim Plummer

SIT Amman, Jordan
P.P.E.

Describe your typical day: 
I would wake up, have breakfast with my host family-my host dad would always insist on feeding me falafel. I would go to class, grab lunch from a shop in Abdoun Circle,  and head back to class. Afterwards I’d hand around a café and wait for traffic to subside before heading home. Then I’d have dinner with my host family around 10 pm.

What was one highlight of your semester off-campus? 
Petra, unquestionably. We went when it was raining, there was lightening. The park manager took us to the back side of Petra, we scrambled up some rocks and got a beautiful view of the valley. When we got back to the front side, nobody was there because of the rain. The park director gave us a ride out through the flooded siq in the back of a pickup truck.

Isabel Wade smiling

CIEE Dakar, Senegal
International Relations/French

Describe your typical day:
When I didn’t have class I would work at my internship with the Senegalese committee for Human Rights. I got really close with many members of my host family and spent a lot of time with them.   

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Mafe—it’s a peanut curry on a bed of rice. Senegalese food consists of a lot of dishes with peanuts but had some cool Moroccan influenced food too.  

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
The Corniche was a beach area with a sea-wall of sorts where everyone exercised. I loved to run there, it was really beautiful.

Alejandra Vasquez Baur mugshot

IES Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Relations/Math

Describe your typical day:
The program was very hands-off. They plan trips but you don’t have to go, so I was able to make my time in Buenos Aires what I wanted. On a normal day, I woke up, ate breakfast, and took a bus to class. After class, I’d go to a café to talk to locals or meet friends. On any given night something was going on. I heard a lot of live music. Some days, I’d go to a park or a new part of town. I was really flexible with my time.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit? 
I loved every part. Two blocks north of where I lived, the park that cuts across the whole north of the city starts. People work out there, walk their dogs, and run by the water. There are museums along the park, and it’s full of trees and flowers. Families, couples, everyone flocks there. 

Katherine Krey riding on a pony

SIT Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
International Relations/Economics

Describe your typical day:
I would wake up before my host family and walk to class. After class I would hang out in the city center, go to museums, and explore the city. After dinner I watched ridiculous Mongolian TV with my host family.  

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
I had some crazy food while in Mongolia but I think I liked goat the best. I ate a lot of goat.

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
There were lots of places in the city that seemed kind of out of place. I really liked Beatles square which had a monument to the Beatles. The Monastery was great too, it was the oldest in Mongolia.   

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