A semester to remember September 08, 2023

By (Marketing, Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State) - abroad from 01/24/2023 to 05/20/2023 with

IES Abroad: Granada - Study Abroad with IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself during this experience and I learned in a way that could never be replicated in a class room

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.

Really interesting classes that transferred and satisfied my home university requirements

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing staff who love helping you make the most if the experience

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

dorms were strict and felt a little controlling

* Food:

eating out was cheap and delicious!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

One of Granadas best student cities

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Amazing staff going out of their way to help keep you healthy and comfortable

* Safety:

Always felt safe, never felt uncomfortable walking alone or a night

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I fell head over heels in love with the city and the experience if I could go back this second I would do it in a heart beat

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)

Andalucia and Granada especially was a very affordable city

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Prioritize your spending and make sure to save so you have th money to buy something really special if you see it

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

Constantly being encouraged to use Spanish!

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? Spanish 497
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to people! A lot of Spanish people are learning English and are just as eager to practice and get better as you are!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?
  • Culture
  • architecture
  • immersion in the language
* What could be improved?
  • More independent housing
  • more time for travel outside of Spain
  • Moodle is a confusing platform - most American use Canvas
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Being alone and exploring a new city is a wonderful gift and NOT something to be anxious over!

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.'