Great Learning Experience. Sad its goes by so fast. Would do it all over again! Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Roger Williams University) for

Arcadia: Barcelona- Arcadia in Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gain independence and street smarts, a whole new view on traveling and planning alone/with friends. As a teacher I now more linguistically and culturally aware. I loved seeing Europe!

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Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Arcadia University, University of Barcelona
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.

Grading system was different and at times hard to understand. Lack of quizzes and frequent tests affected my grades in some class (just the kind of educational system). Class difficulty was not bad. Work load was average and managable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program was very well organized. It had a lot of great and free opportunities to learn more on the weekends. Had a young secretary that all students in the program could connect to on a personal level. All teachers/faculty members were very helpful and fun! They do a great job!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived with one other American from my home institution and another student from Northern Spain. We all got along for the most part. Other Spanish roommate was very shy and lacked proper hygiene. Apartment was clean and fit to live in. Great location, near metro and about 1.5 from Arcadia. Landlord was nice too.

* Food:

Opened up the variety of food I now eat due to this exposure to this culture!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Traveling all over Europe on the weekends. Specifically in Spain; Madrid, Girona, Stiges and Sevilla

* 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

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Roommates, classmates, citizens, teachers, advisors, and out in the streets

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Prepare! Be wise with money. Watch your belongings when in public. Always lock doors at night. Never go home with someone you don't know. Never leave your drink.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of the Modern World at Barcelona University

Course Department:
Instructor: Combined class
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Course was well organized and moderately easy for a person whose second language was Spanish. Teachers were funny and welcoming.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Spanish Intermediate

Course Department: 351
Instructor: Carmen
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Teacher was rude and impatient. I would say she was prejudiced towards Americans.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not that I know of
Course Name/Rating:

Catalan Labyrinth

Course Department:
Instructor: Marina Diaz
Instruction Language: English/some Spanish
Comments: Teacher was very kind and welcoming. Spoke in English but still incorporated Spanish. She was also very funny and had a good way to teaching/assessing.
Credit Transfer Issues: