Life-changing Past Review

By (ENGINEERING., Stevens Institute of Technology) - abroad from 01/08/2014 to 04/25/2014 with

AIFS: Barcelona - Universitat Autònoma Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about life outside of the United States, and I also learned a lot about myself. It was worth every penny and every second.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were interesting, yet not too intense that they took away time from experiencing another country

* 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?

I had one health issue, and it was addressed immediately and fully reimbursed under the insurance program.

* Safety:

I never felt threatened while traveling around Barcelona

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)

Barcelona is not as expensive as other cities, but it still is rather expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 80 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a flask if you plan on going to clubs in Barcelona. The drinks are ridiculously expensive.


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High School
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? Talk to everyone, and watch/listen to Spanish tv/music

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The amazing people I met
  • Barcelona - the city is absolutely amazing
  • Being able to travel so easily around Europe
* What could be improved?
  • More Intercambios
  • An apartment closer to the residencia onix
  • recommendations for places to go around Barcelona
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I now know that, while going to a new program allows you to start fresh, you bring all your previous experiences with you. Stay true to yourself while pushing yourself; get out of your comfort zone and experience life in a different country. Also, don't take it too seriously - this is supposed to be fun!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.