Fun and culturally immersed April 14, 2016

By (Ecology, Evolution Biology, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/18/2016 to 04/18/2016 with

AIFS: Granada - University of Granada and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A new perspective on global issues. There was nothing like being in Western Europe during the Paris attack.

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.

* 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

The program was great if you knew how to use it!

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? I spent probably 100 on food, and he rest was expenses associated with traveling.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't expect to save money if you go to the clubs every weekend.

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? AP Spanish in high school but the course was not serious
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? Use it with your friends, don't let the ease of English limit your language gains.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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 on site support
  • Classes
  • The city
* What could be improved?
  • Food in the dorms
  • Travel with the group
  • Housing was odd
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? 90 days will fly by before you know it so take advantage of every one instead of only surviving some of them.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Latinamerican culture and history

Course Department: Global studies
Instructor: Maria Santiago
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Arab and Islamic studies

Course Department: Global studies
Instructor: Jose Miguel
Instruction Language: English
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: The credits took months to transfer.