Missing Buses, but catching a lifetime of memories Past Review

By (Covenant College) - abroad from 01/23/2017 to 05/26/2017 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language skills, independence, reliance on others, budget skills, learning to say "no", when to draw firm boundaries, growing in my faith while abroad

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.

The classes were challenging in that they were all in Spanish, but not really as far as load/technicality of the homework assigned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

only downside was that she smoked

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They were super helpful when I had to make a Dr.'s visit and actually faster than the process would usually be in the U.S.

* Safety:

very safe city, just don't make silly desicions

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

CEA does a great job equipping their students and providing tons of assistance while abroad. My host mom was fabulous and I really learned Spanish better!


* 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 gonna lie, its hard to budget

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try and plan your travel before you leave, and prioritize! Also look for a credit card without an international transaction fee.


* 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

almost all the time!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 4 semesters of spanish in college
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? Look for places to listen and practice speaking, the only way to get prepared is by doing so frequently.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • people
  • excursions
  • professors
* What could be improved?
  • classes with less americans
  • class difficulty
  • opportunities to meet locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There are so many resources in Spain to help you- anything you could possibly need is available while there, and probably cheaper than the US. Also, the local church is a must!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.