Viva Espana Past Review

By (Public Relations, California State University - Fullerton) - abroad from 02/03/2014 to 05/24/2014 with

CEA: Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
That every minute you have can't be taken for granted. Living abroad taught me so much about myself that I would have never been able to learn here at home. It was eye opening to know that in four months I was able to call another city halfway across the world, home.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The style of teaching is different but it was a nice change.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Absolutely amazing. My advisors were incredible and made the experience that much better.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

LOVEDDD my host mom and her family. I couldn't imagine an abroad experience without living with her and becoming a part of her family.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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


* 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)

A lot of people go on countless weekend trips but I spent a lot more time exploring Madrid and really becoming a part of its culture.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 500 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much as you can before going and check cheap air fare websites if you plan on traveling abroad.


* 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

My host mom didn't speak a word of English so my Spanish improved a ton.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? AP Spanish 4, a few college courses
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? Make sure you practice it with whoever you live with.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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 advisors
  • excursions
  • the friends I made!
* What could be improved?
  • Course approval process
  • Faster credit transfer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This experience is irreplaceable, unforgettable and worth every penny.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'