I learned more about myself and it was life changing. Past Review

By (Anthropology., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 06/04/2012 to 07/13/2012 with

CIEE: Alicante - Summer Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about myself and how I react in new situations. It was worthwhile! I can't imagine a better program. I fell in love with the language, the city, and most importantly the people.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were incredibly hospitable and made everyone feel welcome no matter what level of Spanish they were upon entering the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom was terrific, I will always keep in touch with her.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I would like to go back to Alicante and further study the Spanish language. The city was amazing!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt incredibly safe at all hours.

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)

My host mom saved me a lot of money and there are always deals at local tapa restaurants.

* 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? Around $100 including souveniers.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If the food is included, definitely eat with your host family as much as possible. It allows to save money, time, and you get to enjoy great conversation.


* 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 Grammar and Composition 327G
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? Definitely spend time with the locals. My program had student helpers and we met up outside of class to practice speaking and getting to know the city better.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 Instuctors
  • Student Helpers
  • Living with a host family.
* What could be improved?
  • More student helpers.
  • An additional 2 weeks.
  • Students getting placed in the correct level classes.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I would enjoy spending time in Alicante. I would have changed the flight to a much later date.