By (Colorado State University) - abroad from 01/23/2019 to 05/24/2019 with

CEA: Alicante, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
EVERYTHING. so many life lessons, friends that I'll have for life, knowledge about the world...worth every second and penny

Review Photos

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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.

Good courses taught in English and Spanish. There is a wide variety, but make sure to get the classes approved from your university ahead of time!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Always so helpful. They plan a lot of trips with us and always want us to stop by their office and say hi!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartment downtown!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Alicante is the best because you really get immersed in the Spanish culture!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got a concussion while abroad and my advisor went with me to the clinic and made sure I got all checked for everything!

* Safety:

SO SAFE. I never felt in danger or at harm in Alicante ever.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

They offer many classes in English AND Spanish, so I could get all my credits but also learn more Spanish. I also had many excursions with the program! They are super organized.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? depending on if i probably 50-80


* 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? Beginner
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? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Organization
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Less Orientation Time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? don't overpack...bring a lot of money :)...have a travel plan but don't book until you get here!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.