BU Madrid is a great program and there is plenty of time to travel! Past Review

By (Psychology; Health: Science, Society & Policy; Hispanic Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2016 to 05/07/2016 with

Boston University: Madrid - Madrid Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I improved my spanish-speaking skills, I felt very independent, and I learned how to immerse myself in a new culture. Definitely worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took classes at the BU international institute in Madrid. The courses were challenging, but I felt like I was at the right level. All my classes were in Spanish, and the teachers hardly spoke in English.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very satisfied! I loved my two abuelos (grandparents). They let me come and go as I pleased, and they were very supportive and caring. My host parents did not speak any English.

* Food:

Loved the food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish I had made more Spanish friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had a major health issue while abroad.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in the city.

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)

Host parents provided most meals, and the BU program gave us stipends for Friday and Saturday dinners. Madrid is fairly inexpensive compared to other European countries.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50


* 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

Very much so in classes, but outside of classes I mostly spoke English with my friends.

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Hisp 109
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? Spend time with your host family!

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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  • 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?
  • The trips
  • Traveling
  • The food and nightlife
* What could be improved?
  • BU Madrid administration
  • Making Spanish friends
  • More classes
* 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 Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.