Past Review

By (World Language- Spanish, New Mexico State University) for

Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI): Heredia - CPI Language Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was worthwhile. I was able to learn a lot about another culture, and my Spanish definitely improved.

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.

The school had a great curriculum and structure. Each week students switch teachers which provided students with different experiences. The teachers were all native Spanish speakers.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All expectations were met.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My home stay allowed me to practice my Spanish, however the home was a bit dirty and I was robbed during my third week of study. All my things were in my room in the house, and when I returned my electronics were all missing.

* Food:

The food was fine, but it was a lot of rice and beans. This is the staple food in Costa Rica.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The school provided many great activities for the students to participate in.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Due to the robbery and other problems in the area that the police shared with the students my first week, I did not feel near as safe as I do in my home country.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would advise to do some research before traveling to the country. The Internet provides great resources with the cost of many different activities.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

I had opportunity to practice with instructors, and the family with whom I lived with. No, most people did not speak Spanish.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would say, "Go!" However, request a home stay that the institute has used prior to your visit. Be open and flexible with time. Traveling and living in another country is a fabulous way to learn or practice another language. I cannot even compare the experience to any classes I have taken to my home country.