Excellent program Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/22/2019 to 05/18/2019 with

IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish skills improved immensely and I gained a lot of cultural knowledge.

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.

The classes were not difficult, but they facilitated cultural immersion and I learned so much. There were lots of resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an Airbnb with friends from the University

* Food:

Tapas are free in Granada with a drink

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Local culture very unique and special

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt uncomfortable walking alone at night as a female

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)

Prices are extremely low with free tapas. I probably spent $50/week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get drinks - they come with free tapas.


* 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

All of orientation and classes were in Spanish. All meetings about classes, professors, and with advisors were conducted entirely in Spanish, as was my internship.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? HISP111
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Program Director
  • Professors
  • Orientation leaders
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Internship availability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Granada is a very small city

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.'