Simple Pleasures of Southern Spain Past Review

By (Spanish, University of Kentucky) for

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was more than worthwhile; it was essential to my growth as a world citizen and a student. I wouldn't change a thing.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: NA
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.

It was definitely different, but for me, I thought my academic experience in Granada was much easier than what I am used to at home.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

CEA Granada staff was really on-point with everything. They were always available and willing to answer questions and help out with any problems we had. I never had an email go unanswered, and I honestly could not have imagined a more prepared program staff.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We didn't have to buy anything for the apartment, aside from our own food and such. We had an awesome apartment in an awesome location, so I honestly can't complain at all about our living situation. It was ideal.

* Food:

One of my roommates had an allergy to gluten, so she couldn't eat any bread or wheat products. It was challenging, but she managed to find food and eventually, we learned how the grocery store worked and everything was just fine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We went to a bull fight, a flamenco show, a big Spanish dinner, and several museums and historical sites in and around the city. We also went to other Southern Spain cities, like Cordoba, Sevilla, Malaga, and Gibraltar. It was all really fun and awesome.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Lots of people had to go to the doctor for being sick and such, and while they said it took a really long time to get in, they were all satisfied with their care and didn't have to pay because our program already hooked us up with HTH insurance.

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

You didn't need a host family, you just needed to make friends on the street, which was easy to do and fun. My language skills improved ten-fold while I was in Granada.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Attentiveness of Staff
  • Excursions
  • Housing options
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe more excursions? It'd raise the price though, so I don't know.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program is perfect for someone who wants an organized program that knows how to show its students a good time at a decent price. I loved CEA, and I think many other students will too.