I had an amazing time in Alicante Spain Past Review

By (Industrial Relations/Human Resources, Clarion University of Pennsylvania) for

CEA: Alicante, Spain

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I went there to study Spanish because I would like to be able to speak Spanish fluently one day. Their grading system is different from clarion's but very well explained therefore I didn't have any problems getting my credits transferred

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I think there should always be an option for airport pick-up.. I am sure people would not mind paying for it.. It almost messed me up that i wasnt picked up. The cab driver didnt speak english

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I just usually ate with mu host family.. I like the restaurant miami by the beach..

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Valencia and Barcelona were my personal favorites. I really like la playa de san huan

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I didnt experience any security problems.. at night we always walked in groups of 2 or more

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

My host family didn't speak english at all so that helped me learn spanish.. My teacher knew english but was always speaking spanish.. the CEA program director always spoke to us in spanish.. english only when necessary. Also most of the friends I made didnt speak english

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the people
  • the language
* What could be improved?
  • Activities
  • intercampio..
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go for it.. Espana is amazing