Student Experiences

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.

Annushka Shivnani

IES Paris, France 
International Relations 

Describe your typical day:

Kate Connaughton

IES Granada, Spain

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.

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.

Karissa Munoz

IES Salamanca, Spain

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.

Tim Plummer

SIT Amman, Jordan

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.

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.  

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.

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.