An Unexpected Journey June 15, 2023

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/25/2023 to 05/19/2023 with

IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained confidence in my ability to adapt to new people, places, and situations.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The Homestay students are not provided dinner. I wish I had considered this more because we were not allowed access to the stove or oven either, also paying for dinner every night adds up!

* 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


* 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? I don't know each week, but in total around $4000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Actually make a budget plan/spending plan before or in the first few weeks abroad!


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? HISP 180A - Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish Literature and Culture
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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • learning the language
  • professors
  • courses
* What could be improved?
  • host family reviews
  • Heating/cooling systems
  • Homestay student organization and activities planne dby the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It will all be okay, no matter how it seems at the beginning! Also, bring WARM CLOTHES FOR THE WINTER MONTHS. So cold with very little heating.