I wish I could be back Past Review

By (Western Michigan University) - abroad from 10/18/2012 to 12/21/2012 with

AIFS: Granada - University of Granada and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
While I was abroad I learned so much about myself and others. It really gave me a lot of respect to foreigners who struggle with their English. I made so many friends both American and Spanish.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I had some amazing professors while I studied abroad. I learned a ton of Spanish and was able to really apply it while talking with Spaniards.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Paula and Edu was the best. She was so helpful and cared for us like we were her own kids. It was really nice to have an office in the country if we needed to ever print anything or had questions for the directors

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My Senora was so nice. She helped my roommate and I whenever we needed anything.

* Food:

It was really exciting trying so many new foods. As well as having free tapas all the time at the bars

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made some of the best friends in my life while being abroad. It was truly an unimaginable experience that I would have paid a million dollars for.

* 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? 75 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stick to a budget


* 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?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The trips
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Meet locals as soon as you can