Best. Year. of. My. Life. Hands. Down. Past Review

By (International Business., Illinois State University) for

CEA: Barcelona, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
110% worthwhile.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was always easy to talk to someone if you needed help. They were readily available.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Less quantities in Europe. Don't expect to get your check immediately after finishing either.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

La Merce. Barcelona futbol matches. Many field trips organized by CEA.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

CEA was prepared and kept us informed.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I used $350 every two weeks. It was somewhat difficult to budget because of the exchange rate but it was manageable.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nothing really caught me by surprise.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I took no Spanish in college.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish with some locals but it was not difficult to find English in Barcelona.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Independent students would benefit the most. Don't travel with friends from home. I encourage students to study abroad with their friends because it forces them to branch out and meet new people.