Amazing Past Review

By (international studies, University of Arizona) - abroad from 04/04/2015 to 06/27/2015 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the ability to travel via public transportation, to travel alone, to ask questions when I needed information, talked to strangers who became fast friends

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were interesting and rather easy. The professors were very knowledgable within their career fields and able to convey their knowledge in the classroom

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was friendly and helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was quite satisfied with the living arrangements and my host family.

* Food:

The food was good for the most part, sometimes I became tired of rice and beans

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt pretty integrated into the culture and learned a lot about it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt pretty safe and the program gave us advice on what to do and not do when traveling.

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


* 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)

I tried 2.5

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? grocery shop and eat casados


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Span 330
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 your host family, talk to locals

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • travel
  • culture
  • language
* What could be improved?
  • what to bring information
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wished I had a more specific list of what to bring, how to navigate traveling, how much sunscreen to bring

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.