Living and Learning Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., Presbyterian College) - abroad from 01/07/2013 to 05/17/2013 with

Pablo de Olavide University: Seville - Multidisciplinary Studies Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Courses were challenging but not overwhelming.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was very helpful but unorganized at times.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family!

* Food:

Food was great, but there wasn't a lot of variety.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had any experiences that required healthcare.

* Safety:

I felt extremely safe in Sevilla.

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)

For Europe, southern Spain is cheap. Living with a host family also helped.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? € 30/ week or less.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out a lot. Walk instead of taking taxis.


* 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

Depending on the course, the language was/wasn't a big proponent. It was encouraged, however. And getting around the city required a certain level of Spanish.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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 Gen Ed.
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? Make local friends and live with a host family. Practice all the time.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Professors
  • Location
  • Host Family
* What could be improved?
  • Less Americans
  • More Language/Emersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There are close to 400 Americans, which slightly impedes on the "international" experience.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'