It was fun. August 11, 2023

By (Environmental Science, Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/26/2023 to 08/05/2023 with

CIEE: Monteverde - Sustainability + The Environment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really enjoyed living independently and yes it was definitely worthwhile.

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.

I enjoyed it and the classes were engaging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I enjoyed CIEE a lot.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not a full 5 stars just because my roommate snored.

* 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? Yes

I meet so many great people and it was so fun! however, I didn't enjoy the classes as much as I thought I would and I was very homesick after six weeks in Costa Rica.


* 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)

Monteverde was definitely more expensive than I was expecting.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I probably sent 100-200 a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I am not sure because I wanted to experience things, but most touristy things costed money.


* 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? AP Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Experiences
  • food
* What could be improved?
  • Academics
  • Sleeping arangments
  • planning of activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I actually feel like I was well prepped before going on this program.