A Great Opportunity To Explore Spain at a Minimal Cost May 29, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/24/2019 to 05/27/2019 with

PRESHCO: Study Abroad in Córdoba, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile because I learned a lot about myself and how I manage stressful situations.

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

The team in Spain is phenomenal. The liason working with students in the US is not very helpful and disorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I really loved my host family because they were very welcoming, sweet, and attentive.

* Food:

My host mother catered to the food I liked while still making the experience authentic.

* 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 felt completely safe within the city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

The only reason I wouldn't pick this program again was because I could have chosen a very easy, English-speaking experience.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20

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? A 300-level
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? Try to make Spanish friends, especially a significant other!

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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Expenses Covered
  • Host Family
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with Students
  • Organization
  • Reimbursal Program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how important/not important academics were and how easily I would pass classes.