Exciting,shiny, and adventurous experience in Seville Past Review

By (Economics and Business, Berea College) - abroad from 08/31/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

API (Academic Programs International): Seville - Universidad Pablo de Olavide

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I confirmed to myself that I can live independently and calculate my budget in such a way, that there's enough food in the fridge and there's some money left for a weekend trip.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really didn't like the fact that at my university (Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain) there was a separate building for all international students. That eliminated all the exposure that one could get from studying at a Spanish University. In all honesty, I felt like I was studying at an American university in Spain, not at a Spanish university in Spain. Also, there were no options of selling the books back to the bookstore unfortunately.

* 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:

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
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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Openess of program staff
  • Excursions
  • Location of the office
* What could be improved?
  • During excursions, more organization to places that we visit
  • More help with learning the language
  • More activities with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I want to live in an apartment at the beginning. I had to change my living arrangement at the beginning of the program and that took a good week to settle down.