Life Changing. Past Review

By (Spanish Language Teacher Education., Illinois State University) - abroad from 01/03/2012 to 05/25/2012 with

CEA: Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned and fell in love with a new culture. It was absolutely worthwhile!

Review Photos

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Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universidad de Granada
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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved all of them! Always helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I never really felt welcome with my host family, but they were still very cordial.

* Food:

Yum!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Still continue to date the guy I met there!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had any health issues while abroad.

* Safety:

There was only one time I did not feel safe in the city of Granada and that was when I was walking by myself to the post office to meet the CEA group at 6:30 am.

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)

If you did not want to travel or go out you could live off the student budget, but then you're missing half the experience.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-80$ each week.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Lan 116.15
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Meet the locals and talk with them!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The advisers
  • The classes I took
  • The friends I've made
* What could be improved?
  • More selective host families
  • The cost.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To save my money and to practice the language every day.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Historia del Arte en EspaƱa

Course Department: CLM
Instructor: Emilio
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging, all that was needed was some time set aside to study for the class. I learned a lot and loved what I learned. Since this class I have wanted and plan to learn much more about art, and not just Spanish art.
Credit Transfer Issues: