Studying Abroad in Madrid was an Amazing, once in a lifetime experience Past Review

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ISA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved my study abroad program! I traveled to so many places and learned so much about my host country.

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.

Different grading system compared to American system. Good workload for study abroad program. Language classes helped me become more comfortable speaking Spanish while in Spain.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

ISA was very helpful and was there when we needed anything. The program administration was a great addition to the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

In my host family I felt as a guest, rather than a part of the family. I learned a lot from my host family, but would next time stay in an apartment near the center of the city.

* 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:

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish in my home stay as well as in my Spanish classes at the university. Most of my friends spoke English to eachother.

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

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would suggest living in an apartment near the center of the city, such as the Sol area. Also, plan trips ahead of time and realize the conversion between euro and dollar. You spend a lot of money abroad, so be prepared.