Getting comfortable being uncomfortable Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/07/2017 to 12/17/2016 with

Boston University: Madrid - Madrid Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to become more socially independent, and saw much of the world that I hadn't before.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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

I wish I was in a program that had me take classes with other Spanish students. I also wasn't happy with the internship placement process for my program. It was advertised that internship placements included NYTimes, CNN, and other prestigious companies, but there weren't any placements of this caliber offered to any of the students in my program. I also felt a lack of independence while on my program -- my host family cooked for me, did my laundry, and cleaned my room. Our classes were very easy and only with other American students. I didn't feel very integrated with the local culture.


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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?
  • Professors
  • BU staff
  • Museum visits with classes
* What could be improved?
  • Internship placements
  • Social events
  • Interaction with Spaniards
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that the internship placement program was not as advertised.

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!