AMAZING Past Review

By (Communications, Fordham University) - abroad from 01/15/2013 to 05/10/2013 with

CIEE: Seville - Communication, New Media, and Journalism

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much more confidence when I speak because before I would be so hesitant because I was scared to sound stupid. I learned how to deal with language barriers in all my travels and adjusting to cultures. My experience was so worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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


* 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)

Sevilla is th eperfect place for students who are trying to manage their money. In all of Spain, Sevilla has the most reasonable and incredibly cheap prices!

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to go to Spain and enjoy every single moment I highly recommend Sevilla because you will not find prices anywhere else that are as amazing as Sevilla's.


* 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? Exit Level
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If you're taking Spanish classes do not be afraid to participate! If you know people who are fluent in Spanish practice with them!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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 city - Sevilla
  • The people I met
  • food
* What could be improved?
  • The courses
  • The teachers
  • The program director!!!!!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the communications we learn at Fordham in our classes is very different from Sevilla's definition of communications. Do not expect to put anything you learned at Fordham in the communications dept in Spain. Their techniques and styles are very different

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Digital and Visual Culture

Course Department: Communications
Instructor: Ruben Diaz
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: I thought this class was very interesting and the teacher was very interested and engaged in the subject matter as well. We did do things outside of the classroom. I did participate a lot more than I expected. He made the environment very friendly and open.
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