Madrid, Spain - Revitalized my Love for Cities Past Review

By (economics, Towson University) for

CEA: Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was very beneficial. I gained a new respect and understanding of the Spanish language.

Personal Information

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.

The class was amazing. The teacher was very open and easy to talk to, a fair grader, and had interesting material to cover. We experienced a lot of Spanish speakers/teachers and had a balance of guest speakers and our own professor teaching.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were awesome. I fell in love with all four of our directors. They helped out with any problems or questions you had and were very friendly and private about it if you wanted.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing location was perfect. The housing itself was very strange and different than what was expected/told we would be living in. Overall it was satisfactory due to the locals who lived there with us and location.

* Food:

Go to Doner kebobs, chino restaurants and look for cheap sandwich shops to save money.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Bull fight was amazing. Different kind of live sport entertainment that I had never previously experienced.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Maybe 30-40 euros a day for the first week and a half and then 20-30 euros after that.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy food from the grocery store, do not eat out all the time.


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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Any student who likes to experience new things, go to bars, clubs, museums, anything that a typical city has, Madrid has and so much more.