Spain blew my mind. Past Review

By (Spanish Ed, Illinois State University) for

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish speaking skills grew immensely.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The grading system was based on a 1-10 scale.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought the classes were to long, and therefore hard to focus all class.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The host family is supposed to be to practice Spanish and learn customs, but most host familys are just a home with a single woman.

* Food:

Don't stay in a homestay. The food was not the greatest.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Make as many local friends as possible.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Granada was a nice safe town. I loved CEA for my program because when I got sick, they helped me out immediately and set up arrangements for me to go to the hospital. Really caring staff.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you plan to travel try and save your money for that instead of everyday spending and shopping.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 200 level
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The leasure trips offered were great,
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I thought the program was great, I learned a lot, and had plenty of time to meet new people and go out and experience Spain.