Barcelona: The best balance of anywhere Past Review

By (Biomedical engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) for

CEA: Barcelona, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Cultural awareness, global perspective.

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.

Very rewarding with lots of hands on Field Studies that solidified ideas learned in the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Close campus, small class sizes, helpful administrative staff, fun trips, useful information

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Expensive to eat out

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Weekend to Valencia, FC Barcelona Game, Girona, wine tasting all very interesting and fun

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Pickpockets were common in touristy areas and metro but otherwise safe.

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?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Fun
  • Academics
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Very outgoing, social students recommended