Granada-Now I want to see the World Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Illinois State University) for

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had an amazing experience and can't wait to travel more and experience more cultures. I have learned a lot about Spain and the Spanish culture. I feel like I grew a lot as a person and became much more independent and self sufficient.

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.

I enjoyed my classes and my professors and getting to experience the Spanish education system . There was definitely a difference between Spain and the U.S. but having the intensive month to start out with helped a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were absolutely amazing. I have loved my time here and am so glad that I am part of this program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely loved my host mom and my living situation. I couldn't have asked for a better living arrangement.

* Food:

My host mom was an amazing cook!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Morocco and Portugal were absolutely amazing and I'm so glad that I got to go.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Be aware of your surroundings and just be smart about it. Don't walk alone at night if you can avoid it.

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? Don't spend money on the small things, it adds up faster than you realize.

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? First part of year 2 Spanish
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I spoke Spanish in all of my classes and at home with my host mom and friends. There were many opportunities to learn and practice.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Everything
* What could be improved?
  • Following schedules during events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Get out and experience everything that you can. Go see things and talk to everyone. This is a unique experience and you have to take advantage of every opportunity. Everyone can benefit from studying abroad.