Spain was Great, and this Dang Survey Won't Let Me Submit Without a Title. So Here Ya Go Past Review

By (HISTORY., Presbyterian College) for

Pablo de Olavide University: Seville - Hispanic Studies Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely - I grew a lot personally and had a great experience learning about another culture. Was it all wine and roses? No, but even the mistakes I made were learning experiences

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.

Okay - yes, the classes were a lot easer than at PC, and I didn't study as much, but that frankly gave me more time to explore Europe for the first time and get a sense for the culture, so I'm extremely happy with the level of difficulty that I encountered. The classes were by no means a joke, either.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family but I know it varied a lot among my friends (I essentially won the housing lottery here). I was in a very quiet (by spanish standards...) and safe neighborhood and did not have to buy anything. I was a 30 minute commute to school and about 15-30 minutes to downtown and the nightlife. Host family was great.

* Food:

Spanish food is nothing to write home about but my host mom was an excellent cook. I also liked the food at the UPO (and it's cheap too)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never dealt with health issues other than a few minor viruses that my host mom helped me get meds for and recover from. I only had one bad incident regarding saftey - a very badly botched attempted theft by a group of teenagers - and they left as soon as I threatened to call the police. Sevilla has very little violent crime (aside from the gypsy neighborhood) but pickpockets do exist.

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 spent about $800-$900 a month, meals, transport, nights out, travel, hostels, etc included (I traveled on average 80-10 days per month), plus books and school supplies.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Search well for a good cell phone plan.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 341
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

My house family understands some english but doesn't speak it, so that was the most helpful thing for practicing. I also spoke 80% spanish with my school intercambios and used it in all everyday interactions in the street.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans