Would not recommend this program go somewhere more organized December 18, 2019

By (Boston University) - abroad from 12/01/2018 to 05/01/2019 with

Boston University: Madrid - Madrid Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were fairly easy but did not learn much in them.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Incompetent administrators they seemed very disorganized and did not care for the students

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Many people had bad housing experiences. Not all host families were good. It does not seem like the university screens the families.

* Food:

Host family consistently underfed me.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

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

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)

Language

* 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? Advanced
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? 400
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Madrid
* What could be improved?
  • Host families
  • Classes
  • Administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go on another program