Embracing a New Culture Past Review

By (Social Studies, Harvard University) for

CIEE: Alicante - Summer Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes, The art history class was one of the best I have ever taken in my academic career and improved my Spanish in the most practical way.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The differences were manageable as the program was run by an American program. I loved the art history class that I took.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We didn't interact much with the program organizers, which was both a strength and weakness in terms of providing us more freedom. They seemed pretty accessible if needed, however. All administrators lived in Alicante, so they were very knowledgeable of the area.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family and the neighborhood.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Las Hogueras festival in Alicante, a program-arranged trip to Granada

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe and never experienced any issues.

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 did not realize I would have to spend as much money on school supplies, bus passes, and minutes for a local phone.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? spanish 50
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

My host family.

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