A wonderful experience learning about many other cultures March 20, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Berklee College of Music: Valencia - Study Abroad in Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about other communities and cultures and got to absorb much beauty.

Personal Information

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We cooked for ourselves in our apartment kitchens, therefore no comment since there was no cafeteria

* 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

I got to focus on my professional aspect of my life, my future career, and my passion!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Unsure, I used about 5,000 in all for the months I was there ; had to buy all groceries, pay for transportation, and also travelled as much as possible
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep a budget and write down everything you spend money on so you can hold yourself accountable

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
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?
  • The courses and performance opportunities
  • The ease in traveling to other countries
  • Meeting other artists
* What could be improved?
  • Connecting with the community surrounding the living facilities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it truly would have been helpful to know some spanish

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!