Semester in Spain Past Review

By (International Affairs, University of Maine at Orono) - abroad from 01/21/2013 to 05/24/2013 with

API (Academic Programs International): Seville - Universidad de Sevilla

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I made some close friends, and my language skills improved greatly. Absolutely worthwhile!

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.

The easiest courses I have taken in my college career, as far as work load goes. However, my Spanish did improve greatly. I had some awesome professors, and some poor ones as well

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were amazing, I loved them all!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I chose a home stay, and I think that just wasn't a great fit for me. However, the people were caring, the food was great, and the living quarters themselves were comfortable.

* Food:

The lady I lived with was a stellar cook. Only complaint is that she always gave us too much which resulted in weight gain, but that is not really a huge problem in the grand scheme of things

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The classes were only with other Americans, so you really had to create your own integration. The program itself didn't really create that. But, it is still quite easy to do!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No experience with healthcare, no vaccines required

* Safety:

Felt safe the whole time,considering I lived in a city. No personal incidents

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)

Going out costs money, as does wanting any food at all besides the three meals provided by the host family

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50/week, I would guess.Maybe more.


* 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? SPA490
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? Force yourself to use it, make Spanish friends

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Onsite Staff
  • Cultural Activities
  • Intercambios
* What could be improved?
  • Excursions
  • Classes (make them with Spaniards!)
  • Preparation for cultural differences
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will have to flag down waiters by waving, assume that you can't use a credit card, you can't go out to eat before 9 or 10pm, and Spaniards are disorganized!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'