Valencia, Spain - Not Always Easy, But Well Worth the Challenges Past Review

By (Spanish, Westminster College, PA) for

ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile - I met great friends and got to see the world. It awakened my love of travel and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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.

I enjoyed the differences in education, including different methods and a lighter workload. The only negative was the differences in the grading system.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The woman with whom my roommate and I lived was not home most of the time as she took care of a sick daughter. She sent a nanny daily (at first, then it became weekly) to make us a meal and to clean. However, after a few weeks she no longer came over and we had to buy and cook our own food. The apartment was clean and spacious, but my roommate and I did our own laundry, shopping, and cooking, and once I was locked out of the apartment for most of the night as the nanny locked the deadbolt and I did not have a key for it.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I traveled a lot while I was abroad (to other cities and countries in Europe) so I spent more money than I anticipated.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It would be best to come up with an expected budget and then double it to estimate what you probably will really spend.


* 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? 200-level classes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with my friends nad classmates, professors, and people with whom I interacted in the city. I did need to use Spanish daily and most people did not speak English easily.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Students who want to learn the language will benefit most from this program.