Study Abroad, You Better Past Review

By (International Relations, Spanish, Latin American Studies, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) for

ISA Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish skills were greatly improved and I became more independent in general. I would not be opposed to living abroad in the future and staying there indefinitely.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My classes were really easy. I'm thankful though for how interactive the classes were and how much time I got tospeak in Spanish in my classes. We did lots of group work and grades were given out very freely.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My program was very small and all of the on-site ISA staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. They did way more than I ever even expected of them to do.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

accomodating. quantity was great and overall satisified with quality.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I appreciated them all. Travel travel travel! Itwas so worth it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Heatlh care was really accessible and fast. I went to the hospital once and my program director drove me to there and back in her own car and helped me the entire time. I didn't need any vaccines and nothing big ever happened to me. I just had to be careful in being out alone and not being alone at night.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? nothing.


* 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? advanced
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Yes I used Spanish everyday, but all of myclassmates were from the US so it was difficult to not speak English with them. I met with a teacher a couple of hours each week to speak Spanish and with my host mom and a few friends I made while abroad.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the staff
  • the teachers
* What could be improved?
  • a different school
  • more ways to meet locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? don't speak English