Wonderful, Challenging, and Exhausting Past Review

By (Political Science and Government, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 01/04/2016 to 05/19/2016 with

ISA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I felt like I grew a lot through my study abroad experience. I'm very glad I went.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were pretty easy in material but made harder by the fact that they were in Spanish.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Had a really nice office really close to the school.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved my host family!!!

* Food:

Spanish food could be a little strange sometimes but my host mom was a really wonderful cook.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had any health problems but I heard good things from other people that had to go to the clinic. The program provided a translator to be at the clinic with you which was helpful and took some of the stress off.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

If I was going to Spain again I would go through ISA. But if I was to do study abroad over again I would probably go somewhere in South America. Although, if ISA had a program in a city I wanted to go to, I would definitely go with them.


* 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? $20


* 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? Spanish 203 (Intermediate)
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? Read!! Read books you've previously read in English (rereading the Harry Potter series in Spanish has been a lot of fun -- and helpful!).

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • The Office
* What could be improved?
  • Telling us when an excursion will take us to a beach
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? What the weather in Spain would be like (it can get cold in the winter -- not snowing cold but need a jacket cold).

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!