Spain - la vida no es real. Past Review

By (Biology, Pennsylvania State University - University Park) for

CIEE: Seville - Summer Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Of course!! couldn't have gotten this experience anywhere else.

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.

Most professors were great but one could have been better.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The trips were great with the exception of one and the hours of school were really great - an overall amazing experience and very well-organized!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was amazing.

* Food:

Eat at home but also try different tapas bars as often as financially possible there were some amazing ones by the giralda etc.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The class Tres Culturas took us to some great places and la alhambra was fabulous as well as the extremadura trip!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Every student should put the local police number in their phones and get a vodaphone the first day there- it should be part of orientation.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with my host family and people we ran into and not too many people could speak fluent english - some but not many.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Homestay
  • Intercambios
  • Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Quality of professors
  • Nothing else!
  • money for eating out some nights
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Anybody ready for adventure would love this.