Great Time in Alicante, Spain Past Review

By (LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES., The University of Texas at Austin) for

CIEE: Alicante - Summer Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worthwhile. I learned a lot and have a more global perspective than I did before.

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 workload was manageable. The grading system was fair and comparable to the U.S.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought it was great. Everyone what worked for the program was very friendly and helpful. They were always available to talk to and would help in a prompt manner. The program size was good, not too many students. My expectations were more than met.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location of my host family was wonderful. It was right in the middle of the city in a very safe neighborhood. It was very close to the beach, the nightlife, and the shopping area. I did not have to buy items to settle-in, they were all provided by the host family. My host family treated me wonderfully and made me feel like I was a member of the family.

* Food:

I always had delicious food and it was more than enough.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I really enjoyed the trip to Granada.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I did have to visit the university doctor once. The program brought me to the doctor right away and translated for me.

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 wish I had known about transportation expenses.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with my Spanish teacher and my Spanish family that I lived with. I did use Spanish in everyday interactions with people throughout Alicante. Most people did not speak English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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? I would suggest taking some Spanish classes before going. Would be best for someone wanting to improve their Spanish.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Beginning Spanish

Course Department: SPN 508K
Instructor: Amparo Zapata
Instruction Language: English and Spanish
Comments: It was challenging. I learned many things that I had not learned before. Yes, we did have a field trip to the ice cream factory nearby and the mercado which were very interesting. The teacher was very knowledgeable and well-prepared. I participated in class more often because of the small class size.
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not run into any issues.
Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Spanish Society

Course Department: SOC 319S
Instructor: Jaime Nieman
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was slightly challenging. There were quite a few assignments for such a short course. The class mostly taught the history of Spain. This was different from what the course description described.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.