It was fun but not life changing Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/04/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Economics and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I made many friends and was able to see Europe, which I had never really done before. However, I feel like I would have benefitted more academically if I had stayed in the States.

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.

* 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:

Had my entire bag stolen one night

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

I enjoyed myself but I didn't feel like I necessarily needed to go abroad after doing it


* 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 found it to be very expensive despite Wellesley College telling me that I could afford to study abroad as a low-income student

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish IV my senior year of high school
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the friends I made
* What could be improved?
  • the transparency
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The amount I would struggle with taking Spanish after not taking it for three years