The catalyst experience Past Review

By (Mathematics, Spanish, Adrian College) for

ISA Study Abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

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.

The workload, grading system, and the overall environment of the classroom made a day at class conducive to learning. I believed I learned a lot because of my surroundings. The main difference between Pontificia Universidad Madre y Maestra are the interactive classrooms and the accountability that a professor places on the student to strive for his/her best. The curriculum at Adrian College is rigorous. However, at times, since it is tough classroom can turn into a semester of lecturing instead of an interactive classroom setting. The teachers were very thorough.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were always very cordial and organized. At times, they wouldn't be punctual.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not satisfied with my housing arrangement. They very judgmental people and complained about infinitismal things. However, that didn't impede on the great experience I had in this Study Abroad program.

* Food:

The food was good, repetitive, but good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Still the Dominican Republic of today feels the burn that Trujillo left on society. Many times I was mistaken as a Hatian and looked down upon.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I lived in a disclosed location where it was safe.

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
Language acquisition improvement?

My host family, I didn't use Spanish everyday until the last two months of the program. It help my fluency grow exponentially.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family