Madrid: NYC of Europe Past Review

By (Lingusitics, University of California - Berkeley) for

ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, definitely.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Nebrija, Complutense
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Complutense classes don't usually have quizzes or homework, just one final exam.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our host family was not very social. They didn't include us in any family events, etc... They hardly sat down for dinner together. My American roommate and I mostly ate together by ourselves. The family was definitely nice and courteous, just not social enough to have guests in their house.

* Food:

Vegetarians beware in Spain.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Classes a Nebirja and some at Complutense are all study-abroad students, so that makes it easier to speak English

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are an outdoorsy, nature person, Madrid may not be your best best. Very city-like, not tooe asy to get away for outdoor activities.