I'm Going to Miss Córdoba and My Sweet Friends May 28, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/25/2019 to 05/26/2019 with

PRESHCO: Study Abroad in Córdoba, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I love the Spanish language and that I want to eventually teach it one day. I did not really have this feeling before coming to Spain. I believe this program was truly 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.

My classes were less rigorous in terms of material and work that had to be done. However, integrating into a new academic system in a foreign language was challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

At times I was a bit confused about what was going on, specifically when registering for classes and certain logistics.

* 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

My intention was to immerse myself in a new culture and language and I believe this program allowed me to accomplish that.

Finances

* 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)

My program covered a lot of expenses and because I was living with a host family and eating meals with them there was a lot I did not have to worry about financially.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 5-10 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips early in advance with enough time to catch flights, trains, buses, etc. Losing trips means losing monies.

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I took advanced courses at Wellesley about topics like women, colonialism, literature, etc.
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? Continue to speak and write down and look up words you don't know.

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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Friends
  • Food
  • City
* What could be improved?
  • Logistics
  • Bigger trips around Spain
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I fully understood how different Spain would be from the US.