Seville. Past Review

By (History and International Studies, Presbyterian College) for

Pablo de Olavide University: Seville - Hispanic Studies Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I very much enjoyed the grading system.. (5/10 = C) For the most part the teaching methods were very good-- teachers were very involved in the class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My neighborhood was good. I never felt unsafe. My host mother was a fun person, but sometimes she would forget that we were part of her job. She would spend several nights out with her friends and not prepare us a sufficient dinner.

* Food:

When our food was prepare it was wonderful. She made us many Spanish cultural dishes which we good and fun to try.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Seville was very much a fun city to be in.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt safe. I had a bad cold/flu while there and it was hard to figure out the health system and speak Spanish to a doctor and figure the whole episode out.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 euros-- even with my mother feeding us-- we had to buy breakfast food.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Public transport and food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 201
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I had to use Spanish in the home, shopping, on the town, and at school. I had to speak the language everyday. Some of the students and teachers spoke English, but for the most part the most people did not speak English.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Spanish Politics

Course Department:
Instructor: Juan Batiste
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great French- Basque guy. Very involved and funny.
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Course Name/Rating:

Culture and Civilization

Course Department:
Instructor: Enrique
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Wonderful class- Enrique is an incredible professor and guy. I would recommend him to anyone attending UPO
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Course Name/Rating:

History of Spain

Course Department:
Instructor: Dan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Full of information. Funny Instructor.
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