AIFS in Barcelona! November 29, 2018

By (Drake University) - abroad from 01/18/2017 to 04/28/2017 with

AIFS: Barcelona - Universitat Autònoma Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I now look at life completely differently. I was exposed to a new culture and way of life. I am extremely open minded and my career path has changed.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved AIFS! The all inclusive options were absolutely wonderful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The AIFS host country staff were so open and welcoming. When I got sick abroad they took me to the doctor and made my experience so easy. Loved the program administration.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

So many great options!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

AIFS planned trips and activities to help integrate me into the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

When I got sick, AIFS helped me so much! They took me to the doctor and really made me feel like I had a support system.

* Safety:

The safety of Barcelona is really a non-issue. As long as you are aware, everything will be fine.

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

AIFS was so welcoming, every step of the way. I wouldn't change anything!

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 052
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • The AIFS Staff
  • All inclusive features
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • I should have packed better.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would've researched how to pack as a study abroad student, not just a traveler.

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.