Fantastic Experience in Barcelona Past Review

By (Political Science and International Affairs, Northeastern University) - abroad from 01/12/2015 to 06/27/2015 with

Adelante: Barcelona - Intern In Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My internship in Barcelona was an exciting experience to say the least. The city itself has a tremendous amount to offer and a huge number of international students so I was not often bored in my free time. My university had a study abroad program there too, so I was able to explore and hang out with some of my friends for four out of the six months I was here, which made this experience all the more fun. In the internship, although day to day I did not feel as though I contributed much to the organization I did have a handful of enriching opportunities, such as attending campaign rallies with over 17,000 people in attendance, interviewing a Spanish supreme court judge, and meeting a Taiwanese delegation. The housing was a little tumultuous in that my understanding of what it would be like was drastically different from how it ended up being, which eventually ended in me having to move. However, once I was in a more stable location everything was pretty smooth sailing. Adelante and my organization both had a good support system so I never felt alone even in slightly stressful situations. Overall I think the experience was great and the adversity led to helping my grow as an individual.

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:

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


* 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? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not eat out


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced Spanish level 5
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with your roommates and everyone you meet in Spanish. Try to make Spanish friends

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Food
  • Social Life
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Work Experience
  • Socialization assistance
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More about the housing and how to be in contact with other students or interns.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.