ISA Madrid Past Review

By (Biology, General., Carleton College) for

ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Amazing to see a different world

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.

Lots of class time that was well spent learning how to use the language correctly.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The class schedule was difficult to grasp at first, along with a few other systematic changes. Overall though the staff was amazing and helpful. The excursions were a great change of pace on the weekends as well and it didn't hurt to have guides who knew what they were doing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our host mom was the best. She took pride in cooking for us and we enjoyed her company so much!

* Food:

Host families are great

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Excursions to Granada, Salamanca, other cities were great.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Madrid is fine. Lots of pick pockets but safe otherwise.

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? e50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Water cost money in restaurants over there.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 204, or Spanish IV
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Speaking in Madrid was the best way to improve. The overall immersion was important as well.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Madrid itself
* What could be improved?
  • The class organization and time