Absolutely amazing, want to go back as soon as I can April 28, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much not only about myself but also about Barcelona: the culture, the politics, the city, everything was absolutely incredible. I was constantly going out and doing things, meeting new people and trying new things. T

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program Director was very helpful and always available for us. I had problems with my student visa and he was super accommodating and did everything that he could to make sure I had an easy transition into the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Absolutely loved my homestay! I'm still in contact with my host mom, she was absolutely incredible.

* Food:

Want to go back pls

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Plenty of opportunities to interact with local people and practice my Spanish.

* 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? Yes

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? $100

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

All of my classes were in Spanish, most of my professors and classmates didn't speak English at all or spoke very little

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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 254
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Allow yourself to be uncomfortable and really immerse yourself in the culture!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Flexibility
* What could be improved?
  • How scared i was about UB courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be nervous, you're going to make great friends that you still keep in contact with, get to travel as much as you want, and still be provided with resources that are going to help you pass your classes when you feel as though they are going to be difficult.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.