No expectations May 23, 2015

By (Spanish Language, Literature, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 01/07/2015 to 05/22/2015 with

AIFS: Granada - University of Granada and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The underlying elements of humanity that are present regardless of race or culture or ethnicity. Yes! It was definitely worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

If I could do it all over again, I would stay in an apt over a homestay. Homestays are a hit or miss, and I got a miss this semester.

* 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 went to see the dentist for tooth pain, and one of my program directors went with me. He didnt really understand what the dentist was saying because of the jargon, but I went ahead with the procedure because I was in so much pain. To this day I have no idea what she did to my teeth besides inject novocaine in my mouth.

* Safety:

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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 30 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips ahead of time!

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 601D
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? Make Spanish friends and do more intercambios. Practice Spanish and watch Spanish shows before you come here.

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Travel
  • Learning about new languages and cultures
* What could be improved?
  • Bringing Intensive and regular semester students closer together
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Spaniards have no sense of political correctness, especially when referring to those of diff races.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!