Rollercoaster Past Review

By (Salem State College) - abroad from 01/20/2014 to 05/23/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, and experienced a lot by seeing and traveling. Also traveling messes a lot with your system and skin. Taking care of yourself makes a huge difference

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Did not like the classes, much was expected and it was challenging and the grading system is strange

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were super nice, i love them

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My first host mom didnt work out, but my second was amazing

* Food:

Love it, however would of liked more variety and to be asked what to eat?

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did with speaking with my host mom, but its hard to make friends with locals at school, and when you meet them at a bar, its a superficial relationship

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

it was alright, i had an infection in the first month

* Safety:

I felt really safe in Sevilla

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)

on an average i spent 200$ a week, but mostly it was for trips and souvenirs.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? its hard to save money for trips because they are expensive. Food isn't because its included and when you are away you can find cheap places. maybe limit shopping and alcohol?


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
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? speak alot with spanish people, your american friends wont really help. watvh spanish tv

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • traveling
  • organized
  • friendly
* What could be improved?
  • more international trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? culture shock, emotional issues that comes with this experience, motion sickness

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.