a self-reflecting experience January 08, 2018

By (Health Sciences General, University of Hartford) - abroad from 09/02/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about the culture as well as the other countries in Central and South America. I became more independent and began to trust myself more when traveling alone in a foreign country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

As time got closer to the holidays, more students were robbed on their way to and from classes from their host families' houses.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? save your money for weekend trips. do not go out drinking three times a week. Pay attention to your health. Not all of your health problems will be covered by the international health insurance provided by your program.

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
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? talk to your host family and try to make friends with the native students at the university.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* 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?
  • language courses
* What could be improved?
  • immersion with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew about the transportation system of Costa Rica better when traveling to different sites of the country.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!