A growing experience September 17, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/24/2019 to 05/31/2019 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was worthwhile. Learned about the culture and made new American friends.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

At some times it could be very confusing to understand what the expectations were and program director was not very present. (Lost my phone while abroad and contacted program but no one ever got back to me. It wasn't until my parents reached out to main office in Portland that they contacted me). I would still choose CIEE in Barcelona but definitely a different program (regular LIberal Arts because they all had such a positive, wonderful experience).

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200 at least
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget sheet

Language

* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Span 243
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Independence
  • Friends/roommates
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • More support for when things go wrong (losing personal belongings/getting items stolen)
  • More context when told about possible attacks
  • Grading scale! We had no idea what the grading scale was like and it was briefly touched on during orientation but never discussed again. COnfusing for local classes at UB where grading scale was different and American students struggled to navigate around that
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Try to plan trips beforehand-- I don't mean booking flights and AirBnBs in advance but at least have a list of places you want to go to. You won't be able to do everything and even though it seems like a lot of time the weekends for travelling are limited. I wish I had planned out specific places I wanted to visit in Europe before going to Spain because I would have prioritized some countries that I didn't get to see over the ones I did get to visit.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.