Fantastic experience in Costa Rica! Past Review

By (HES School of Economics and Business) - abroad from 08/14/2017 to 10/01/2017 with

Academia Tica Spanish Language School: Spanish Courses in Coronado and Jacó Beach

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I'm just really grateful with the school. I spent seven amazing weeks learning Spanish since that was something I had always wanted to do. The teachers are just incredible, very patient and kind. I couldn't be more pleased with the results at the end of my course. It is true that learning Spanish is not easy, but when conditions are favorable, everything becomes easier. The school has two campuses and I had the opportunity to experience both, which I highly recommend since both locations are very different. I met different people from all over the world and I feel really lucky because of that. I'm 100% sure it was worth it and of course I would do it again if I had the chance.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

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* 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

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Beautiful campuses
  • Excellent and patient teachers
  • Efficient methodology
* What could be improved?
  • More coffee in the mornings!
  • When raining, it can be difficult to concentrate if you're taking classes in the outside classrooms.
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I started classes in August, during rainy season, so at least in Coronado, it can get difficult to plan activities during the afternoon. I had no problems when staying in Jacó beach since most days are really sunny and nice.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!