Fun Five Weeks - Living and Learning Spanish in Costa Rica Past Review

By (Economics and Public Management, Millsaps College) - abroad from 06/30/2013 to 08/03/2013 with

Millsaps College: Summer 2012, 2013, 2014 Faculty-led Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile. I don't think I learned as much Spanish as I got credit for but I definitely learned a lot and it was great fun. I did not make very many Costa Rican friends and mostly hung out with other Americans but that was mainly my fault and not the program's.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Weekend Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • The professors there
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think I was given most of the important information.