Experience of a lifetime Past Review

By (International Business/Spanish, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) - abroad from 05/29/2012 to 06/29/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained international friends, a better understanding of the language and culture, and lifelong experiences I wouldn't take back for anything

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Antonio de Nebreja University
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.

There was a high level of academic intensity because the Spanish in Spain was very different than the spanish I had learned in the United States, but it was easy to catch on when in the environment.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought the on-site administration was relatively un-helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location was perfect but it was really dirty, but that was to be expected in a foreign country.

* Food:

At first I hated the food, but I begun to find things I really liked after a while.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that I really integrated myself into the local culture. I have friends that I met in Madrid that I still keep in contact with today.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any issues with this but a girl in my group did and to the extent of my knowledge all of her needs were addressed.

* Safety:

Although you had to watch yourself more when walking around the city at night, I didn't have any issues or feel afraid.

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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? staying with a host family really helps you to save money because all of your meals are provided.


* 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? Im not sure
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? Meet locals and actually use the language, even if you sound shaky at first, they appreciate the effort.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • being in such an international place
  • meeting people from all over the world everyday
* What could be improved?
  • the local ISA staff and office
  • more cultural events through the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to go through ISA