Life-Changing August 01, 2018

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 01/06/2018 to 04/07/2018 with

AIFS: San José - Universidad Veritas and Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to easily accept another culture. It was very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I absolutely loved all of my classes!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved the people at AIFS. They really did care about each and every one of us. They did an excellent job!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The woman I was placed with was not the friendliest, but it could have been worse.

* Food:

The food was not the best.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved getting to learn about the culture and meet locals!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

San José was not the safest place to live. I felt safer close to the coast. A lot of students were robbed at gun point in San José just walking to class.

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)

It was easy to live on a budget. Many different options available.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay in hostels and cooks your own meals while traveling.

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

I was encouraged to speak Spanish all the time.

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? None
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? Speak to other international students in a foreign language and teach each other.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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
  • The easiness of the process.
* What could be improved?
  • Home Stay
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known more about the city I was going to be living in.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Conservation Biology of Endangered Marine Mammals

Course Department: Biology
Instructor: Damian Martinez
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was absolutely amazing! I am not a science-lover but this course was so interesting and sparked so many passions of mine I didn't even know I had!
Credit Transfer Issues: No