Best 4 months of my life. Past Review

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 01/03/2017 to 04/29/2017 with

CEA: Barcelona, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a ton from my experience abroad, mostly how to interact with people and situations that are different than usual or outside your comfort zone.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

CEA courses are very well structured and organized. I also loved all my professors and how closely they work with you, due to the class sizes being so small.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

CEA set us up with a very nice apartment the only down falls were the wifi was terrible and there was construction going on in the building connected to ours so it was very loud most days.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I told CEA my issue they called the doctors office and did everything for me.

* Safety:

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

Everything about CEA was great the staff was always friendly and helpful. Everything was very well organized and their planned weekend trips where fun as well.

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)

On average I spent about $1,200 a month but I also traveled every weekend.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eating in on week days will save you a lot of money because while your traveling you will have to eat out.

Language

* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High school
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? Meet local people and travel to areas where people don't speak english at all, a lot of the more populated areas will have english speakers because they are so touristy.

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?
  • People
  • CEA trips
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Application process
  • Visa appointments
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't take a second for grated because it will fly by.

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.