I want to go back because it was so awesome! Past Review

By (Spanish Language Teacher Education., Eastern Michigan University) - abroad from 05/11/2012 to 06/22/2012 with

Eastern Michigan University: Avila - Eastern Michigan University in Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish improved, I had a lot of fun and met a lot of Spanish people. I made a lot of friends.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program was great. It was a small city but I found that I was discovering new things even up until the end of my trip. I had a lot of fun, made a lot of friends, got to practice my Spanish and felt safe / comfortable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was so welcoming. They made me a part of the family while I was there.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

At times I felt like I stuck out a bit because I look nothing like a Spaniard but I was always teated well and the locals were friendly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

You have insurance and the hospitals take care of you extremely fast. The faculty member that accompanies the students will take you to the doctor if you are not feeling well.

* Safety:

The police academy is located in Ávila so its an extremely safe city.

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
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

The host families and teachers only speak to students in Spanish but you can talk to the other students in your program in English if you need to.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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 did you like most about the program?
  • The town
  • The locals
  • The program in general
* What could be improved?
  • We did three excursions but I would have liked a fourth.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? They don't have dryers in Spain so bring a pair of jeans that will fit you nicely even if they don't go in the dryer.