The Great Life Abroad. Past Review

By (Spanish Education, Illinois State University) for

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The best part for me, as an education major, was getting involved in a school. I learned so much about both languages and appreciated the educational system in America a lot more.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I would say, when you get the chance, explore the city and find places you will love.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Attend every Spanish parade, holiday, etc. as possible, the culture is amazing and nothing like America.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I did a lot of traveling, therefore, I spent more than someone that would have stayed in Granada (this is if you leave in a homestay).
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan everything accordingly and don't do too much, enjoy Granada.

Language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The advisors
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Enjoy the experience by getting involved in whatever you can and don't be afraid to practice the language!