My Short, yet Impacting, Experience Past Review

By (University of New Mexico) - abroad from 05/23/2016 to 06/10/2016 with

Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol: Cusco - Academia Latinoamericana Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much knowledge of the culture and I am so excited to share them with my friends back home. I gained a wider perspective of the world and now I am inspired to go to other places and learn about their cultures.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It was easy to make personal relationships with the people I stayed with and the people I went to school with, including my host family, teachers, and administration. I learned so much about the culture and I would do it all over again if I had the chance.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan at least three semesters in advanced


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Span 428
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak to your peers in the language that you are trying to accomplish. It's very benficial

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Generosity of teachers and students
  • The food
  • The classes were really interesting
* What could be improved?
  • The organization of excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That south america is cold when it's summer here in the states