Granada: A Gorgeous city that provided me with an experience of a lifetime! Past Review

By (Bilingual Elementary Education, Illinois State University) for

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES! YES! YES! I got to experience a new culture and my Spanish improved.

Review Photos

CEA Global Education: Granada, Spain Photo

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.

They are harder when it comes to grading but there was not a lot of homework and the teachers were really nice and helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I cannot say enough positive things about the program representatives. They were absolutely marvelous. So helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I almost always ate with my host family. My Spanish mom was a GREAT cook.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Flamenco show, Science Park, Alhambra, Language exchanges

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I did have to go to the hospital and the program directors were very helpful.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pace yourself!

Language

* 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? SPA 116.15
Language acquisition improvement?

I tried to spend lots of time with my fabulous host mom and I did all of my free reading in Spanish. Most of the people in my classes spoke english all the time.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Everything!
* What could be improved?
  • More opportunities to meet locals