Exciting, Eye-opening, Education Experience Past Review

By (Urban Studies and Architectural Studies, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh) - abroad from 06/24/2012 to 07/25/2012 with

CEA: Barcelona, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have learned a lot about myself, about people and cultures in general and I have learned a lot about Spain and Barcelona specifically.

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 taken seriously yet professors kept in mind that we came here as well to learn the culture and the city itself. Homework and other out of the classroom assignments were not overbearing.

* 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

Finances

* 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? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 50 to 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at the local markets, fruits, vegetables, chicken and eggs are much cheaper.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The classes I took
  • The staff
  • The trips
* What could be improved?
  • integration with the culture
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i had done more cultural research and prepared ahead of time other places to travel to and see. I wish i had a better understanding of the classes offered as far as their set-up and content.