..... Past Review

By (The College of William and Mary) - abroad from 03/03/2012 to 06/29/2012 with

API (Academic Programs International): San Jose - Universidad Veritas

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Too much to write down here. 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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Integration inside of the school environment was nonexistent. It was as if there were two separate universities, one for Costa Ricans and one for international students. Luckily I was able to experience the local culture more through my host family.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

San Jose is a dangerous city, but I never really felt like I was personally at risk.

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

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? AP Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practicing a foreign language with native speakers instead of with other Americans is going to be a lot more effective in advancing your skills.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • host family
  • easy travel
  • beaches
* What could be improved?
  • API's student advisors were lazy and unhelpful
  • Universidad Veritas is essentially segregated between local and international students
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? San Jose is at least three hours from a non-disgusting beach