It was all about the smiles, excitement, and sangria! Past Review

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 01/10/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've gain a lot of new close friends, amazing memories, a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture/history. Personally, for me it was worth while simply living in a new culture. Being surrounded by different mentalities has definitely shaped the way I think and even behave. I can honestly say that my self confidence has improved. This was a well needed experience that not many people get. What one of my friends learned through a book, I actually got to go and see it and experience it.

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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.

The professors really seemed to care about what they taught. They also really made an effort to make your experience abroad a great one.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

These human being were honestly very incredible and very involved. There was never a dull moment with them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everyone was very caring and extremely kind. They really made me feel at home. They were also very flexible with my schedule.

* Food:

Food in Spain is very healthy and pretty darn good, but be prepared to eat a lot of pork and fish. And for the most part I feel as though they only had ham flavored chips, sadly I do not like jamon (ham) flavored chips. But still, very healthy food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Spaniards are very open and honest. I remember I was on the bus heading towards the city center, and a lady missed the bus by like 5 seconds so she proceeded to scream at the bus driver, banged on the door and chased after the bus. The bus driver just laughed and drove off. Honestly I was impressed that the lady did that

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I personally never had a reason to go to a clinic or thee hospital, but I did have close friends that did and they were well taken care of.

* Safety:

Valencia, Spain is a very safe city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I absolutely loved and will always cherish my time in Valencia, Spain, but while I was studying abroad I had the opportunity to visit different cities and there was one specific city I instantly fell in love wish and wished I had more time there.


* 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)

It was pretty good, I got to go on a lot of side trips while abroad with the budget that was stated, but I did have to do a lot of research for cheaper prices.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50 probably even less.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Really try to budget yourself at the beginning of the trip. I tried to do all the lower costing things first and really think about what I needed and really wanted to do as oppose to things that I wasn't really interested in. I found that by doing this I got to spend a lot more money on my final trips, also throughout Valencia.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

I used it everyday. Even though I already knew Spanish, I did find that my vocab in Spanish really grew, and my accent improved as well.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3000 level.
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Surround yourself by fluent speakers. Listen to music, watch movies in that particular language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people.
  • The places that were included.
* What could be improved?
  • Being on time for trips.
  • The amount of time on the scheduled trips.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Really take time to research where you want to go. Also, try to place side trips ahead of time.