My experience was amazing and wholesome despite the fact that it was cut short because of the pandemic. It was stressful but SIT handled it well.
The workload in this program is as extensive as you want to make it, this is not to say that you can slack off but that there is still enough room to explore the country and make use of the swiss pass. However, if you choose to spend more time exploring one of your projects you can still arrange for that depending on the circumstances. There are also some opportunities to interact with the locals to understand the culture and build a network for the future. If you enjoy being in a host family to practice your french and build a long-lasting relationship, this is it! Overall, it is a great program and you can make whatever you want to make out of it. Our program included people from many different fields of study, interests, and future goals and that made the program more interactive and unique as each of us was gaining new perspectives.