Sevilla Past Review

By (Marketing., Providence College) - abroad from 01/07/2012 to 07/20/2012 with

CIEE: Seville - International Business & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that things do not come as easily to me as I thought they did. Yes, it was worthwhile.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: I only took classes at Universidad Pablo de Olavide
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.

Grading was not as tough as my home university but I was given at a good amount of work during my program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CIEE center was a good resource for help, but far away from my homestay and the university I was attending.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My senora was very kind and understanding during my stay. She cooked me a generous amount of food and always checked to see if I needed anything.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was a bit tough to assimilate into the Spanish culture. Even when I did try to speak Spanish with the locals, it was difficult to understand because the people of Sevilla have heavier accents than most Spanish speaking people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was given health insurance through my study abroad program.

* Safety:

I felt very safe at all times. Other students were placed in homestays that were in a close promiximity to mine, always making sure I had someone to walk home with.

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)

The room and board cost included 3 meals a day, therefore it was easy to keep costs low on food.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips as soon as possible so travel expenses do not increase with time.


* 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 and required to take at least one Spanish class

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
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? Intermediate II
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?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Orientation as good and helpful
* What could be improved?
  • location of homestays to city center
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it was more difficult to immerse because I was always with American students.