Worth it April 25, 2024

By (Spanish Language, Literature and Art History, Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 01/09/2024 to 04/30/2024 with

Barcelona SAE: Semester Study Abroad Programs in Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned who I am more every day. I know my likes and dislikes better and I am so grateful for it.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

They were so kind and nice and it was so amazing to try their local food!

* Food:

Yummy! But definitely not as much spices and flavorings over here!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was in the culture every second!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easy! The only trouble was actually finding the international area in the hospital. The doctors took amazing care of me and wanted to make sure everything was okay with me before I left.

* Safety:

In my neighborhood, Sarria, there was no question of safety!

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

All of the employees of this program are so welcoming, kind, and will help with any problem.


* 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? 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? 3050
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? Ask questions about people and ask to practice in spanish

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?
  • The staff
  • opportunities
  • Roomate
* What could be improved?
  • More info about what host family life is actually like.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing

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!