an adventure Past Review

By (International Business, University of Southern Indiana) - abroad from 01/10/2015 to 04/25/2015 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be self sufficient. and having to get over the language barrier

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.

I didn't find my host university to be challenging at all. my home university is much more challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

the school didn't really help the exchange students

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

my host mom was amazing

* Food:

the food was different, but I like trying new things

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like a lot of the locals didn't like americans

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I went to the hospital one time and they just want to get you in and out

* Safety:

I had to carry a pocket knife with me everywhere.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

it was very expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 100 on food weekly
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? save more money and eat at local places


* 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

they didn't encourage it at all

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? spanish 308
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? talk to locals and try not to speak english

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • CEA
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • the school ULACIT
  • they didnt help students much
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how expensive costa rica is