Past Review

By (Economics., The University of Texas at Austin) for

API (Academic Programs International): Madrid - Suffolk University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was just an awesome experience that i would recommend to everyone. Its cool to experience new things and different cultures and seeing so much history.

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.

It was easier than University of Texas.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very helpful and nice and were easily available

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Palacio Barradas. Calle San Bernando Madrid. <br /><br /> . This was a very large residencia and I enjoyed it a lot. They prepared meals everyday for you and they do your laundry and it would be done the next day (ironed as well). Your beds were made everday as well. Also it was close to the center of madrid.It was the best way to meet spanish kids around your age and it helps if you are trying to learn spanish. I would definitely recommend it

* Food:

The food was pretty good. At times it was bland but overall it was satisfactory.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program takes you to many different places all over Spain and one trip to Rome. All the trips were awesome and they put us in nice hotels and give you a packet of places to go and eat and party that students have recommended in the past. It is very helpful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt safe in madrid and was never worried about health issues.

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


* 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? Europe is expensive and you are going to spend money if you want to travel and have a good time. Look for certain student deals if there are any and find a cheap hostel (that has good reviews) and stay there instead of a hotel.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Spanish Translation Workshop

Course Department: Span 299
Instructor: Peter Hearn
Instruction Language: English/Spanish
Comments: This class was the most difficult class that I took because we would translate a variety sources from spanish to english and to get it perfectly right was not that easy, because not everything can perfectly translate over.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Principles of Business Law

Course Department: BLE 214
Instructor: S. Marti
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a very interesting class to learn about the cases and how law works
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Intro To international Business

Course Department: IB 321
Instructor: Byrne
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a cool class to learn about the world and the globalize market.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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History of Spain II

Course Department: HST 358
Instructor: Hector Santiago
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Learning about the history of the country that you are studying in is a good way to understand the culture.
Credit Transfer Issues: no