Spain: You Won't Believe You Actually LIVE There Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., Villanova University) for

CIEE: Seville - Communication, New Media, and Journalism

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My language skills improved tremendously, my worldliness, and global awareness grew exponentially and i made so many wonderful friends.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was less than my home institution, however the difficulty of work was similar. Grading was similar for individual assignments but I have not received my final grades for the semester so I cannot compare that.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Host Program was so supportive, attentive, and eager to guarantee a great experience for all student involved.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family! I did not need to buy an items to settle-in other than basics (toothbrush, shampoo, etc.). I was treated as a family member and given the perfect amount of freedom.

* Food:

Delicious and plentiful!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

A wonderful trip to Barcelona enhanced my experience greatly plus additional freelance traveling with friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe within the city other than the sexualized view and lack of respect for women in the country as a whole.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • people involved
  • opportunities available
* What could be improved?
  • consistent communication with home university/ host program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Someone looking into this program should be outgoing and willing to try new things!