An unforgettable experience in Madrid October 12, 2022

By (CIEE Summer in Madrid, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 06/13/2022 to 07/11/2022 with

CIEE: Summer in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Where do I start? First, I gained really awesome friends that I still keep in contact with today. It's crazy to think about how quickly connections were made with others despite being in a completely different country. While a little more personal, I gained insight on how Spanish life and linguistics differ from that of my own Mexican culture and tongue. As for experiences, the food, activities in central Madrid and its parks, and just overall being able to live life/follow a certain routine in another place was really fun. I can confirm that this was definitely a worthwhile experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

Going abroad while also pursuing your studies is something I recommend to everyone! Being able to immerse yourself in another culture and experience things you never have before, all while getting credit for your degree is an amazing opportunity. The people you meet, the new things you try, the incredible views of nature and/or new architecture, are all fascinating things to expose yourself to.


* 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? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Food
  • Easy transportation
  • Dorms
* What could be improved?
  • Pre-departure communication
  • Money management info sessions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be prepared to walk a lot in Madrid!!!!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'