OMG I Did It May 22, 2018

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/08/2018 to 04/26/2018 with

API (Academic Programs International): Barcelona - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language ad cultural experiences were so awesome. Yes!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

API was disorganized and unprofessional.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment itself was nice, but the roommate situations and the amenities in the apartment (washer and dryer) constantly gave us troubles.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Hospital visit was stressful and complicated with different forms of insurance.

* Safety:

I was constantly paranoid of being pick pocketed in Barcelona.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I was not satisfied with API's services.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up!

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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
  • Food
  • Culture
* What could be improved?
  • API/go to a different program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much money I was going to spend and to be prepared to be homesick and culture shocked.