A semester in Beautiful Granada Past Review

By (Linguistics, Lawrence University) - abroad from 08/28/2013 to 12/20/2013 with

ISA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live in a foreign country; I learned about Spanish culture; I improved my Spanish skills; I learned how to live without my friends and family

Review Photos

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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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom was very hospitable and prepared all my meals for me.

* Food:

Spain has the best food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Most of my classmates were Americans, but I did join a theater club with people from all over the world, and that was a really great experience.

* 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)

Granada is a very affordable city.


* 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? 300 level freshman year off college

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
  • International Students
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?
  • Spanish food
  • traveling
  • the beautiful sights
* What could be improved?
  • more interaction with locals
  • even more planned activities
  • more organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I have to push myself to get out and do things sometimes, even if I'm on my own.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!