Another Night with Los Professionales Past Review

By (The College of William and Mary) - abroad from 01/08/2012 to 05/05/2012 with

AIFS: San José - Universidad Veritas and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

Classes at Universidad Veritas are not difficult at all if you turn in all your assignments and do your classwork. Homework is not demanding, but most courses do require you to write a 10 page paper at the end of term (these papers are not graded harshly)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This is very specific to the program director present. If possible, ask for a complete breakdown of the budget to see where your money is going, as it is not provided otherwise.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host family was probably my favorite part of living in Costa Rica.

* Food:

As a vegetarian, my options were limited, but Costa Rica has a huge wealth of ethic food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Costa Ricans are a lovely people, but as an American, you do stand out amongst them, and they do notice. So though you do not integrate well, people are still respectful and kind.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to get stitches after an incident during a trip to Panama, and the entire thing was handled brilliantly by the authority figures on the trip.

* Safety:

San Jose is not a safe city, but as long as you play it safe and take taxis everywhere, you should be fine

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)

Food and travel are cheap, everything else is not.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around $50 because lunch was not included
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make your own lunch.


* 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? None
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? In Spanish? I never had taken one before
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? dont speak english

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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 and the fact that i go to see so much biodiversity.
* What could be improved?
  • The pricing of things, more things should be included in the program cost
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spanish