By (Nursing, None) - abroad from 09/26/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a new perspective on a culture and an insight of a new language

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Loved the program once I got to Costa Rica, very helpful and organized. But, all the paper work before and organization of pre planning was a little crazy.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Loved the country, lots of culture and a great way to learn spanish.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great housing, loved my host mom and family. The rooms were small, but the culture here only uses rooms for sleeping, the living room and other rooms in the house were used the most.

* Food:

My host mom made the best meals. We had big meals for breakfast and dinner, lunch you provided for yourself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick once and had to go to the doctor. It was easy to fill out a claim through CEA with my insurance to be reimbursed.

* Safety:

I always felt safe during the day. At night traveling in a group is best. You just have be be aware of your surroundings

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)

It was a little hard not being able to have an income while out here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure to have money saved away for traveling on the weekends


* 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? none
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? Make sure not to use english other international students

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host family
  • friends
* What could be improved?
  • pre travel paperwork
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Saving money

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.