Life Altering October 12, 2017

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/03/2017 to 04/25/2017 with

CIEE: Barcelona - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It opened my mind to other lifestyles.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The most difficult aspect was the language barrier.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Host country was helpful throughout the process.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had to switch living arrangements due to a bad experience.

* Food:

The food was satisfactory.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt well integrated by the end of the semester!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I fell ill during the semester and easily received treatment.

* Safety:

I never once felt unsafe.

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

I would directly enroll in the universities.

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? $150-$200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much as you can and plan your travel before hand.

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? 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? A 200 level course
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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 culture
  • The involvment
  • The students
* What could be improved?
  • The housing
  • The academic options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known all of my classes would be with Americans.

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.