My first time abroad, but definitely not my last! Study abroad in Panama City Past Review

By (Social work, Grand Valley State University) for

International Studies Abroad (ISA) - Reviews from Former Locations

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The Beginning Spanish prof. had a attendance policy that didn't allow you into class if you arrived 10 minutes late. As a foreigner I found getting around very difficult, especially because I didn't speak any Spanish. Eventually I just quit the class because i was never allowed in. Trying to hail a taxi and communicate where you are going without knowing Spanish was very difficult.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was located away from everyone in my program. I had to walk down a dark long road to get to the main road. This made hanging out with peers after dark extremely dangerous.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Visiting the Carribbean side of Panama was a wonderful experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got a really bad virus while abroad. My host escorted me to the doctor and made sure that I had all of my perscriptions.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Budget well and plan for the unexpected.