Stress, independence and growth Past Review

By (HSSP, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/15/2014 to 05/21/2014 with

Boston University: Madrid - Madrid Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about being independent and cultural differences. Managing my time was a growth. The experience was definitely worthwhile but very busy, stressful, and lonely.

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.

Very intense program, limited academic resources

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved my host family, but I already knew them!

* Food:

No problems with food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I integrated myself pretty well but had limited time to because of school and internship.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easy access and kind help!

* Safety:

Very safe if you are responsible and smart.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 30-50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep snacks in your room and bring them on day trips so you don't have to pay for food. Unless you are only visiting a place once, don't buy things the first time you see them. Wait and see if you still want it later. There will be lots of things you want to spend money on.


* 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

I spoke the language 100% of the time at school, work, and home.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 106
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Live with a host family! Make Spanish friends

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Personal growth
  • Program trips
  • Language immersion
* What could be improved?
  • Administrative/advisor support
  • Program classes
  • Organization of program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That level three was at the university and 1 hour away from my house and internship.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.