You're going to regret it. September 03, 2015

By (International Studies and Spanish, California State University - Long Beach) - abroad from 10/01/2015 to 12/22/2014 with

ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the worst mistake I ever made.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The university is the poorest quality I've ever studied at. The professors are pretty rude and sloppy. The entire campus is like a run down high school in the ghetto. The professors never hand out a syllabus and grade you however they choose.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

On site help is the worst I've ever had. Never know what they're doing, unorganized, and super unhelpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I didn't pay so much money to live in the ghetto.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I was robbed at knife point after being forced to relocate by ISA Madrid staff.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200


* 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? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 300
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
  • International Students
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?
  • NOTHING!!!!
* What could be improved?
  • Everything about this program needs improvement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How useless ISA and ISA Madrid are.

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!