Era la leche Past Review

By (HSSP, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/04/2014 to 12/12/2014 with

Boston University: Madrid - Madrid Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Completely worth wile. I gained maturity and skills I will use for the rest of my life

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?

Everyone loved living with a host family and it is easy to change families if you are not 100% satisfied.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Spain is one of the safest countries in southern Europe

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


* 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)

easy to live on a students budget but some experiences like travel and shopping would be limited.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring more than you think you will need-- be prepared for emergencies and don't keep all your money in one place


* 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? Beginner
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? 5th semester
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? Do an internship

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • My internship
  • Travel
  • Exploring Madrid
* What could be improved?
  • The class that accompanied the internship wasn't helpful.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It will be better than you think