Best Experience of my life Past Review

By (Business, Cuesta College) for

ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would love to do something with languages for the rest of my life

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.

The workload was relatively minor in comparison to Universities in the United States. However, I didn't know any Spanish when I went to study abroad, and in the end I could communicate really well. I am actually living back in Spain I loved it so much. One thing that I believe is essential, is you need to WANT to learn the language. I lived with other Spaniards when I came over seas, and that helped me out immensely.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Accessibility to the ISA office was always really easy. I felt I could trust them all and they were all there to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I needed to buy everythign minus furniture in order to settle in. As far as how I got the place, I was lucky enough to have a distant family member help me out. I lived close to the University with girls from all over the world and another spaniard. our only common language was spanish.

* Food:

food here kills my stomache.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

went to morocco and camped out in the sahara desert... changed my perspective on life

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

medical here is nothing like it is in the United States. Prepare to pay the same cost and receive less.

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?

we only communicated in Spanish, which was really hard for me the first month, but after constantly being around it I just started picking it up, and this is from NO previous background in languages.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Other

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the teachers
  • ISA Staff
  • that everything was taught in spanish
* What could be improved?
  • i think housing should be provided with students from erasmus
  • i also don't think that Americans should be housed with other Americans because it holds you back from learning the language
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You're only going to benefit as far as learning the language goes, if you truly want to put in the work to learn the language.