Vicariously Valencian Past Review

By (Spanish, Minnesota State University, Moorhead) for

ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the best thing that I have done with my life thus far. It has also encouraged me to seek abroad opportunities with my career choices.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

ISA Valencia is wonderful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was treated like a family member. My host mother made delicious meals and taught us a lot about cooking. she was great to help us with any questions we had about traveling through Spain and she gave us tips on events that were happening in Valencia or in small towns that we could take the train to get to.

* Food:

Our host mother took a lot of pride in her cooking.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Las Fallas is the craziest festival ever.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never had issues with either, but unfortunately some of my fellow travelers did, but ISA reacted warmly and professionally.

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?

my host family. intercambios with locals that ISA helped set up, and also others that I encountered on my own. In Valencia it was more common for people to speak to me in Spanish, because it is less touristy than other cities in Spain.

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

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would strongly suggest to speak as much Spanish with locals as possible. It took me a while to become comfortable at speaking with strangers because my Spanish skills were poor. However everyone is so willing to help you, and you will regret any opportunity you pass up upon your return to the U.S. where everyone only wants to speak English.