Salamanca, Spain in the summer! Past Review

By (Accounting, Western Washington University) - abroad from 06/29/2012 to 07/29/2012 with

Centro Fray Luis de Leon: Summer Program in Language and Culture’

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so incredible to live in a different culture because it is so out of your comfort zone to not be able to always fall back on english and have to use Spanish to communicate. I had a really hard time with the food in Spain. There was ham in every single dish at our dorms and for not eating pork, it was unavoidable. So, I would advise any vegetarian that Spain will be very very difficult.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very challenging yet extremely rewarding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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)

* 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


* 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? Spanish 302 and 314
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? Set up meetings with other students at the university seeking to learn english. It was great to have conversations with both languages intertwined helping each other out!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Classes
  • Difficulty
  • Staff/university
* What could be improved?
  • Food at dorms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that you needed your own money for food for the weekend excursions.