Incredible Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., Presbyterian College) - abroad from 01/09/2012 to 05/18/2012 with

Pablo de Olavide University: Seville - Hispanic Studies Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about other cultures and gained a new sense of independence. It was completely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

My host mother was a heavy smoker and never went outside or opened windows while smoking. It was a very small apartment, and I had three other international roommates. The four of us shared a bathroom. Also, our host mother rarely cooked. We had unhealthy, microwaveable, frozen food meals nearly every day. We also weren't allowed to use the living room at any time aside from eating, so the majority of my time spent at home was in my room.

* Food:

My host mother often made a conscious effort to cook us traditional Spanish food at lunchtime. However, we had frozen food for dinner almost every day. It was clear that she wanted to spend as little time and money as possible.

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 202
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? No.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My professors
  • Cultural learning opportunities
  • International office staff
* What could be improved?
  • Larger selection of classes
  • Offer classes with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The International Program at UPO is very large and consists of almost all American students.