It's an experience that requires the individual to be engaged. Past Review

By (Villanova University) - abroad from 01/21/2012 to 05/19/2012 with

International Center for Development Studies (ICDS): San José - Development Studies in Latin America: Interdisciplinary

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a different perspective.

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?

* 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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? easily 100, on a tight budget
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Yeah. learn to budget your money. Only allow yourself to spend a certain amount of money a week.,


* 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? 2 years in college
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? stay emerged and stay involved.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The ability to volunteer at a school.
  • Being able to meet ticos and hang out.
  • The different food
* What could be improved?
  • The immersion process could be improved.
  • The teaching style could be more interactive
  • There field trips should be more exciting
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you def need to talk to people and go out in order to be immersed.