Adventurous January 16, 2020

By (Cottey College) - abroad from 01/05/2019 to 03/30/2020 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Try new things even if it makes you uncomfortable.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

It took some adjustment.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very fast and efficient. My site director always showed genuine concern.

* Safety:

Great Experience but it is always important to be aware of your surroundings in different country especially as a tourist/student.

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)

I budgeted very well because It is important to be aware of your funds before making big purchases on souvenirs

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 2,000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep an open mind that you might be challenged with with experiences outside of your comfort zone.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Culture
  • People
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • System of Airport Pickup
  • Longer Trips
  • Covering more meals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To pack less.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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!