The best semester of my college experience! May 11, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/31/2019 with

CIEE: Seville - Communication, New Media, and Journalism

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence, knowledge about my home and host cultures, personal growth, and so much more! It was beyond worth my while.

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 at my international school did not live up to expectations. A lot of busy work and basic intro level classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very kind and personable!!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Host family is 100% the way to go in this program, it was an essential part of my abroad experience!

* Food:

I ate mostly kid food for the semester, but am grateful to have had food provided for me!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Pharmacies here were awesome and very accessible!

* Safety:

Was followed once, but my neighborhood was safe and I always felt comfortable!

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

Best city to study in Spain! Perfect size, and not westernized. Great place to learn to Speak Spanish and really immerse into a culture!

Finances

* 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)

Easy to live here! The most expensive part was traveling.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100 per week

Language

* 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

Homestay was very important to my learning 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? 3rd semester spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host family
  • Excursions
  • Seville
* What could be improved?
  • Meeting local friends
  • Host institution
  • More excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't try to travel every single weekend! Build roots in your host city, spend at least half of your weekends at "home"

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!