Past Review

By (Political Science and Government., Providence College) for

API (Academic Programs International): Madrid - Suffolk University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I realized how much I enjoyed living outside the US and will definitely be traveling after graduation.

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.

I had one of the best political science teachers I have ever had.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very helpful when needed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Manuel Bercerra, which was a perfect location to get to different places throughout Madrid. Very nice neighborhood. <br /><br /> We had a beautiful apartment with more than enough space. The location was perfect for getting around the city. We had a neighbor below that gave us problems, but everything else was more than I could ask for.

* Food:

I was not a fan of the food in Spain, especially as a vegetarian. But I could cook for myself at my apartment, which was great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Spain has such an exciting and vibrant culture, it was amazing to experience it. I would definitely recommend going to a soccer game, and going out for tapas.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got sick a few times but was able to get medication from the pharmacies. Although there was a lot of pick pocketing, especially in tourist spots and on the metro, I thought Madrid was very safe and I felt very comfortable going places independently once i got to know the city.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Create a budget knowing that you will be way over it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going abroad. I completely fell in love with Madrid and everyone in the program made my experience that much better.