Past Review

By (spanish, New Mexico State University) for

Malaca Instituto: Malaga - Spanish Courses, multiple levels

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was completely worthwhile. I feel like I gained tremendous amounts of independence, growth and an improved ability to speak Spanish. I had the time of my life at school and I have gained a lot of friends from all over the world.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Summer 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I had a great academic experience at the Malaca Instituto. I practiced speaking spanish more than I had in eight years of studying spanish in the United States.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I feel that there was a lack of communication between my University at home, Bridge Abroad, and Malaca Instituto. I received an e-mail of what to expect on my first day of school after I had already attended a week and a half of classes. Also, after I had traveled to Malaga and settled in with my host family I was sent an e-mail telling me that I would have to leave my last two weeks and move into the school, or pay another $600 in living expenses. Needless to say I was not happy about this miscommunication.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a great host family and I have no complaints about my living situation.

* Food:

My host mother cooked very healthy authentic spanish food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

the social aspects of my program were alright but it was better to explore different places in smaller groups instead of with the school because then you could see what you wanted to see and you could take as much time as you wanted.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt pretty safe in Malaga. However I never went anywhere by myself after dark. I was lucky because if I were to have had any health issues my host mother would have taken me to the doctor and made sure that I was okay.

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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? My spending advice is to expect to spend about 20 euros per day on just food and transportation. Other things will cost extra.


Language acquisition improvement?

What I improved in most was my ability to speak and converse in the language. I felt that I had already been prepared to read and write the language but I hadn't ever received such effective speaking experience.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will have the time of your life in Malaga. Because the majority of the students at your school are from other European countries not only do you get to learn about spain, but you get to learn a lot about Europe as a whole as well.