Studying abroad was the most amazing experience of my life. Past Review

By (Texas A&M University - College Station) - abroad from 05/31/2018 to 07/28/2018 with

ISA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to step outside my comfort zone. I gained confidence in practicing Spanish, and though I am not fluent, I have made progress. This experience was definitely 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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had the best host family! They were so kind, and always included me.

* Food:

The food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated into local culture by living with my host family, and also by volunteering at Madre Coraje.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Granada is a very safe city

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

BUT I would go for an entire year... one summer was just not long enough.


* 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 was very budget-friendly.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan your weekend excursions far in advance. Airfare can be expensive, and make sure you research the typical cost of food, transportation, hotel/hostels in whatever country you plan to travel to.


* 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

My host family always encouraged me to use Spanish, and I was constantly exposed to Spanish while volunteering at Madre Coraje.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced Spanish Grammar
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? Spend a lot of time getting to know your host family because they want to help you learn the language. Also, I highly encourage volunteering with the local community.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The locals
  • The location
  • Opportunities for language learning
* What could be improved?
  • To be honest, I can't imagine it being better!
  • It was the perfect experience!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known that living in another country is the opportunity of a lifetime. It's definitely worth missing at least a semester back at your home university. I wish I would have not been afraid of missing out on things at home so I could have had more time exploring my new favorite country.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.