Me encanta Sevilla! Past Review

By (Communications and Media Studies, 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?
My experience abroad was so amazing and I learned so much not only about Communications and Spanish, but about Sevilla and its culture!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were not as rigorous as expected, but I definitely left with a great educational experience, mainly in terms of culture and lingusitics.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrators were all very helpful and nice, but after the first week or so they faded into the background a little too much.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the residencia option and I was extremely happy with my decision not to live with a host family. There was a much greater level of independence, but you did have to work harder to speak Spanish regularly.

* Food:

I really liked the Spanish food, the only downside was the lack of healthy options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Towards the end of the program I really felt like I was part of the local culture, but it was always a little uncomfortable because locals and other Europeans could automatically tell you were an American.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Although the program advised us to never walk home at night, even in large groups, my friends and I regularly did so and never felt threatened or unsafe.

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)

Other than expenses for travelling, Sevilla itself was very inexpensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20-$50 depending on the week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips well in advance to get the best rates and to ensure you can go to as many places as possible.


* 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

We were encouraged to speak Spanish at all times and all of our classes were in Spanish.

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? 3000-level course
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? Watch Spanish television programs or movies just to familiarize yourself with hearing it spoken rapidly and for long periods of time.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • Location
  • People
  • Travel Opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • Courses
  • Administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was more prepared for how different the first few days would be, it was all a little overwhelming but overall it was great.

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.