Caring program directors, wonderful professors, living like a Spaniard Past Review

By (Arcadia University) - abroad from 01/21/2017 to 05/27/2017 with

Arcadia: Granada - Arcadia in Granada

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to experience another culture without the barrier of my own. I think that is an extremely worthwhile thing to experience, especially for those willing to actually listen to the opinions of the locals.

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.

Good selection of courses, wonderful professors, Spanish skill placement levels for more specialized education.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very typical student housing apartments in Spain!

* Food:

You must provide your own food in the apartment style option (which I prefer!)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Plenty of opportunity for language exchanges! The school was mostly American students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

HTH offers great coverage!

* Safety:

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

Granada was such a nice, old city and the program with Arcadia and the CLM gave me lots of opportunities to explore the local culture.


* 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? Less than $20 usually for food and around $10 for various expenses such as going out for tapas with friends
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to travel, even in country, make sure you save!! I got by on around $1000 for the semester including a trip to the UK. Tapas are cheap but grocery shopping is cheaper. Take advantage of cultural reimbursement. Fly in and out of Malaga airport and take ALSA into Granada!


* 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

Every class I took in Spain was in Spanish. Program directors encouraged us to speak Spanish with them whenever possible.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Every Spanish course available to non-majors in my home university
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? Get an language exchange partner, either through the Arcadia program or the CLM, talk to people around town when you can (for example, the owners at your favorite cafe), talk to your roommates in Spanish (they'll want to practice their English with you).

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Planned activites
  • CLM activites
  • Fellow program members
* What could be improved?
  • wifi in housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had a clearer idea of how the CLM worked (placement, activities, etc) before I was a part of the program, but it was made very clear after I arrived.

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!