By (history and spanish, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 06/03/2012 to 07/14/2012 with

CIEE: Alicante - Summer Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
SO WORTHWHILE. i loved it and i think everyone should go abroad.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Alicante
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really liked me classes. The teachers were AWESOME.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CIEE staff couldn't have been better! They were cool and fun to hang out with.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I LOVED my host mom and host sister. They treated me like family.

* Food:

The food in Alicante is different and lots of ham. But my host mom was a great cook and she always over fed me.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The locals were so nice to the American groups!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe!

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 family paid for all of my meals, so basically the only thing I had to spend money on were trips to other countries. So it's really all about how much you're willing to spend.

* 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? 100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring euros over from the US. Taking money out of ATMs costs money per transaction.


* 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

Classes only in Spanish

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? Upper division Spanish courses.
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to people who only know Spanish

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • my host family
  • the friends i made
  • the spanish i learned
* What could be improved?
  • I would have liked to know the schedule earlier
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? bring more euros ahead of time