An incredible trip abroad Past Review

By (Computer Engineering., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) for

ISA Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Better practice with Spanish, and the opportunity to try things I felt I would never do (i.e. bungee jump)

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great teachers. Great instruction. Great practice.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Staff was readily available, and informative and helped with practicing the language and any questions or problems that arose.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved it. Awesome!

* Food:

Everything was delicious from authentic food to local traditional foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

An excellent country.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you were smart, and stayed with a group, then trouble didn't come looking for you.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $500+ throughout the course of the 5 weeks.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep a budget and actively manage your money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Only Spanish was allowed to be spoken. It provided great practice. Corrections were given when necessary.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Come with an open mind and take every opportunity to do something different and speak Spanish to everyone...even if you're nervous.