A life-changing experience! Past Review

By (Pre Nursing, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 04/24/2012 to 06/14/2012 with

Brigham Young University: Madrid - Madrid Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned about different cultures, different people, and I learned a lot about myself as a person. The best way to mature in life, in my opinion, is to be placed in a foreign country where you only know a few people. You learn a lot about the person you want to become and how to better your life. Everyone should have the opportunity to see more of the world.

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?

* 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? 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 50 dollars


* 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? Spanish 205
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?

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  • Americans
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living with a host family
  • Studying with other BYU students
  • Traveling throughout Spain!!
* What could be improved?
  • Enforcement of speaking more Spanish
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be afraid to speak Spanish!! The people there are always willing to help. The best way to improve your Spanish is to speak it and be willing to make mistakes!