Trip of a Lifetime Past Review

By (English, Political Science, Drake University) - abroad from 01/05/2014 to 04/25/2014 with

AIFS: Barcelona - Universitat Autònoma Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself, a new culture, a new language; so much I can't even begin to describe it all. I think studying abroad is worth it on every level and I wish I could make it available student.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were easy, without being entirely useless. But they weren't so difficult and time consuming that I couldn't do anything else. It was the perfect balance.

* 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? I didn't spend much money on food and home related expenses, but I spent about $1000 a month on traveling expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I worked a lot before I left and saved it all up. While abroad, buying groceries and not eating out too much is also a great way to save money.


* 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? Drake level 150 Spanish course
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? Stay away from people who speak English. The best way to get better is to force yourself to use the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Ability to travel on weekends
  • Availability of program designated trips
  • Closeness to other program students without being "stuck with them" all the time.
* What could be improved?
  • Have more time after finals to enjoy a last weekend/week.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how many students stay after the program to do some more traveling. I would have liked to do this but had already booked my flight home for the ending of the program.

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.