Spain: I dream of going back! Past Review

By (Mechanical Engineering, Spanish, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) for

ISA Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES. I gained culture, friends, language, experience, fun, schooling, and so much more! It has made me want to move to Spain when I graduate, and definitely keep on traveling in my free time.

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.

They were about equal. The only difference was the grading system.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were incredible. They were our good friends, mentors, helpers, teachers, etc. They always helped us with any travel plans or problems, they always provided advice and even answered our Spanish language questions. They did everything they could to help us and were always kind. My expectations were exceeded.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was put in Triana, the best place to live. It was close to school, shopping, nightlife, and everything else. It was also very safe because it was they family area. I didn't need to buy anything other than toiletries. My host family was incredible, especially my host mom. Our host brother took us out around town and to cultural events we wouldn't have known about, and treated us like good friends. The entire family was great.

* Food:

The home cooked meals were great. No complaints.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved how the program brought all us ISA students together. I made the best friends of my life and it really helped that ISA arranged so many events for us.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Everything was very safe. A lot safer than I thought it was going to be. I didn't use any healthcare services. A director gave me a bandaid once.

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

Language acquisition improvement?

Intercambios, homestays, school directors, teachers, everyday life, etc. No, most people did not speak English. I had to use Spanish every day.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The planned events and the host family
* What could be improved?
  • Provide a little more info on public transportation systems before you get there.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pick this program. They are incredibly organized, they plan a lot of events that are fun and free, and they try to get you involved in the culture. They are always looking for ways to help you and teach you more. Everything was well planned and it couldnt' have been a better experience.