Fun speaking the language in real life. Past Review

By (Geosciences, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/16/2012 to 06/15/2012 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language, communication skills and how to be independent.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There is a wide range of courses to take in CIEE center and University of Barcelona.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Staff were very helpful and friendly. They were very understanding and sensitive to students' concern.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great host families. They were all very interested in meeting exchange students.

* Food:

Awesome food in Barcelona! Host family's cooking is great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

People/Students in Barcelona have a very special Catalonia identity. They speak Catalan, making integration not as easy as expected. However, as time goes by, it will get better because Spanish and Catalan are similar.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Host families and program staff would help you/direct you to seek medical assistance.

* Safety:

Pretty safe, except for robbery. Just need to keep an eye out. Students learn to be very alert.

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? SPAN 256
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? Just keep talking to different people.

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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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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 flexibility of course selection
  • Good quality of host family
  • Helpful and friendly staff
* What could be improved?
  • Course guidance
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The rigorousness of the program in another language.