¡Barcelona, qué maravilla! Past Review

By (Psychology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/02/2015 to 12/18/2015 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was more than I could have asked for. I learned to be truly independent and take full control of my academics. I gained a lot of knowledge about a foreign culture, and learned what living outside of the U.S could be like.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I thought the program offered a great amount of variety in their course offerings, and the courses were all academically rigorous and rewarding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The directors and professor involved with the program were all very willing to help with both academic and personal matter, they made themselves very available and present in the during the entire experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family, and it was very pleasant experience.

* Food:

I loved the food in Barcelona, both at home and out in the city.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated with the local culture, especially because of the direct enrollment at the University of Barcelona.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any direct experience with healthcare, but i never heard any bad things from friends who did have experiences with healthcare.

* Safety:

Barcelona was very safe, I never felt uneasy while exploring the city, or while out late either alone or with friends. I always felt 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)

I think my time in Barcelona ended up being a lot more expensive than I expected. Even with budgeting I found that some weeks money felt a little tight.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say they should try and find free events or events with discounts for students, and when finding food they should visit a few markets and shops to find the best deals.


* 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

The students in the Advanced Liberal Arts program insisted on students using the language (Spanish) as often as possible.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
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? The best way is to use it in your daily life, not just while at school. Use it with friends, and while you're out to meeting new people.

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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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 academics
  • The emphasis on immersion
  • The constant support
* What could be improved?
  • The outings
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that meeting local students was going to take some much work, but it helped me make more genuine friends.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!