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By (Nutrition, Clemson University) - abroad from 01/26/2015 to 05/23/2015 with

CEA: Alicante, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I don't think it would be possible for this program to immerse you in the culture more. We took weekly field trips, many excursions, and met a lot of local friends that I will stay in contact with.

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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.

Classes were at the University of Alicante, so they were what you would expect from any other university classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

FABULOUS. The on-site director, Alvaro, couldn't be better. He went out of his way to make the experience for students the best it could be.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived on the 10th floor of an apartment that overlooked the ocean on one side and the castle on the other. Could it get any better?

* Food:

Spanish cuisine is delicious and my host mom catered to what I liked!

* 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)


* 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? 300 level Spanish course
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? Put yourself out there!

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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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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?
  • housing locations
  • on-site staff
  • cultural immersion
* What could be improved?
  • pre-departure support
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? only pack what you can easily carry, you buy a lot while you're over there

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'