Best Semester of College Past Review

By (Managerial Economics, Bentley University) - abroad from 09/17/2012 to 12/20/2012 with

ESADE Business School: Sant Cugat del Valles - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned a lot about European economy and way of life. Learned and understood de economic and political situation in Spain, and Catalunya

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?

I rented an apartment in Barcelona

* Food:

Cafeteria food was good and not expensive

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I integrated easily because I speak spanish as a first language. In ESADE you don't interact with other spanish students, just exchange students, which I don't find as good.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Bentley offers a good insurance coverage

* Safety:

It is a very safe city, just watch out for pickpockets

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't take cabs and cook


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None, I already knew spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to spanish students instead of exchange students

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Barcelona
  • Traveling Europe
  • Made new friends
* What could be improved?
  • The university was too far from Barcelona
  • Take classes with spanish students rather than eschange
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Classes are extremely long (about 3 or 4 hours). Spanish people are very informal and sometimes irresponsible

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.