Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure Past Review

By (Spanish and German Education, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) - abroad from 01/21/2014 to 05/23/2014 with

API (Academic Programs International): Granada - Universidad de Granada

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish speaking skills improved so much from spending time chatting with my host mom. Having such a wonderful person to live with made my semester amazing.

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 are a lot different than in the US. I only had about 15 minutes of homework each night. We had a placement test at the beginning that determined our level of Spanish, and placed us in appropriate classes. I learned so much in my classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our on-site program directors were amazing! They were always available for any questions or concerns we had, and made our stay in Granada run smoothly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely loved my host mom, her apartment, and its location. I was matched perfectly with her. The only disappoint was that my roommate and I didn't have anything in common and didn't spend any time together. It seemed like this was unusual, and almost everyone else in our program got along really well with their roommates.

* Food:

I loved Spanish food! My host mom was a great cook and made lots of traditional dishes for us. I'm kind of a picky eater, and she was super accommodating and figured out what I liked and didn't like right away.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with a host mom really helped me experience Spanish culture firsthand. I spent a lot of time with her watching TV, cooking, etc.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had a health problem, but I know others on my program had to go to the doctor and one of our program directors always went with them.

* Safety:

I always felt safe around my city. Just like any city, use common sense to stay safe.

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)

Everything is included in the program cost, the only extra expenses for me were souvenirs, personal traveling expenses on the weekends, and snacks.


* 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

My host mom only spoke Spanish, and my classes were also conducted only in Spanish because I am at a more advanced level. I improved so much on my conversation skills during the semester.

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 304
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Price (How much was included)
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Going for a semester means encountering both winter and summer temperatures. I wish I would've taken my favorite sweatshirt from home for wearing around in the evenings.