Spain changed my life! GO! Past Review

By (PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES., University of the Pacific) for

CIEE: Seville - International Business & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! It has made me see the world in a whole new light and has given me an inside understanding of Spain

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.

Overall it was good, I felt there was alot of busy work though.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program overall was very good, I didnt seem to have to many problems with it. I did feel that they should have chosen housing situations better, some host parents were not meant to be host parents.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family they were amazing and helped my language skills alot. My home was in a safe residential neighborhood and was very nice. It wasnt to far from anything it was very central which was great.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Too many to type. Overall it was amazing and my program arranged many wonderful day trips that showed us many parts of Spain.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Overall it was very safe and the health care was pretty accessible.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? at least $3,000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just be sure to budget.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 1
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced my language with my host mom and my Spanish teacher. People spoke english but for the most part I was exposed to the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student who wants to be eased into a program and is looking for a sense of community