Visiting Spain was a Great Experience! January 10, 2018

By (University of Texas - Dallas) - abroad from 12/15/2017 to 01/06/2018 with

GlobalEd: Seville - Summer Internship Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much more cultural and language insight about Spain from my experience, and it was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed the intense Spanish course at CLIC, but I've learned that I retain more Spanish when taught in English. I often have a lot of technical questions and like to compare them to the English equivalence so I can understand better through making connections with what I'm already familiar with. It is also difficult for me to understand Spanish (I speak better than I understand), so when I am being taught in Spanish, I don't fully understand what is being explained, and I am left feeling clueless. As far as the hospital internship goes, I really enjoyed the opportunities of getting to shadow a variety of physicians, especially the surgeons. However, because I am only at an intermediate-level of Spanish, the language barrier made it extremely difficult for the doctors (who didn't speak much English) to explain to me the technical and complex processes of medicine. I also wasn't able to ask all of the questions I wanted to because I didn't know how to word them in Spanish. This limited my learning experience, but I was able to learn a bit about the differences in the Spanish healthcare system compared to the U.S. healthcare system through observation.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • International 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?
  • The free time to explore the city
* What could be improved?
  • I would not recommend this program for anyone who is at a beginner level of Spanish.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much of a language barrier there would be and just how much immersion of the language I would experience. It would have been nice to mentally prepare for that. I also wish I would have known that is actually is okay to wear tennis shoes. I saw many people wearing them while walking on the street, and it would have been nice to have comfortable shoes to use because we did so much walking.

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.'