I will carry my time in Salamanca with me for the rest of my life Past Review

By (Business Administration, University of Maine at Orono) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the best decision I have ever made to go and study in a foreign country. I have grown up immensely and have a greater understanding of cultures and other countries aside from my own.

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.

Everything was extremely fair. There was never a strenuous amount of work, work was graded fairly and returned promptly. All of the teachers were kind and understanding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The support of our API advisor (Maria) was amazing. I felt like I had a home away from home and felt comfortable going to her with any problem. She was willing to bend over backwards for any one of us in the program. She was very generous towards all of us and went above and beyond to help us. She is an incredible asset to API.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

My host mother tried to accommodate our dietary preferences in every way.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

We were fully encouraged to speak the foreign language. Professors expected it but understood when we had trouble. API advisors encouraged us to speak the language but if we preferred not to or had trouble they would speak english without hesitation. It was a positive and encouraging learning environment.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go to a smaller city and less populated city. Go somewhere that is not americanized and is not a distinguished tourist destination. Go somewhere authentic and take advantage of every opportunity you find.