The greatest five months of my life! Past Review

By (International Business & Marketing, Trinity University) - abroad from 09/04/2013 to 12/12/2013 with

CIEE: Seville - Business + Society

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned tolerance and the value of having an open mind. I cannot think of a more worth while experience.

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.

They had high expectations and all classes were in Spanish which was a gratifying challenge.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved the people who worked in administration. They could not have been more helpful and kind toward all of us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My living arrangements were so amazing. I loved the family I lived with and created a wonderful relationship with the single mother and her two little kids. They made me feel at home, provided everything the program said they would and have sustained a relationship with me even after I left.

* Food:

I got all 3 meals every single day and it was all delicious and nutritious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I fell in love with the Spanish culture, especially in Sevilla. The Sevillanos made me feel very much at home in their city and by the end I felt like on of them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any major health issues, but the program did a great job of tending to some friends who got sick during their stay.

* Safety:

There were a few cases of theft. I never had anything stolen or felt unsafe at any moment.

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)

We had all of our meals given to us so you really only spent money on extra unnecessary things.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? i would say $15 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget your money! and Buy all of your travel in advance so then you can focus on spending in your host city.


* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I am fluent and have completed the foreign language requirement
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? Talk with your host family, they will help you the most!

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?

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  • 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?
  • Organization
  • The people in administration
  • The city
* What could be improved?
  • More integration among students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would've stayed for a whole year and not just one semester.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'