You can always make back money, but you can't make back memories. Past Review

By (International Affairs And Commerce, Fordham University) - abroad from 01/17/2013 to 05/10/2013 with

CIEE: Seville - Business + Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Worthwhile is an underestimation of how awesome studying abroad was. I made new friends, learned a lot about other cultures, now have a second family, became better at a second language, met more people in a week than I did in a year, traveled to numerous countries, and realized what is important, personally, to me.

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 academic resources were not plentiful, but the academics did not require them to be so.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Poor administration in terms of health care and accessibility to directors.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was most accommodating and welcoming.

* Food:

Nothing to rave about, but it kept us full. (Most of the time).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The local tapas bars knew us as the neighborhood Americans.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

This was my biggest complaint about my program, not necessarily the Spanish healthcare system. When I was injured away from my host city (on a weekend), my program providers were neglectful in finding me healthcare providers and suggestions on how and what to do. Although I got good treatment, I found most of the doctors on my own.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* 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 when not traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay in town and don't travel.


* 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? Two classes past exit level
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? the language is a personal choice. Practicing

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Professors
  • Course Offerings
* What could be improved?
  • Flexibility
  • Organization
  • Internship Program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? DO WELL ON THE ENTRANCE EXAM. The Program is very difficult in terms of allowing you to reorganize your schedule/grammar class.