Living Where You Are (COVID in a small city!) July 12, 2021

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 04/09/2021 to 05/28/2021 with

PRESHCO: Study Abroad in Córdoba, Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I became much more fluent in Spanish and learned a lot about handling myself independently in a foreign country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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

I had a great time with my homestay and the other people in my program! I wish that we had more opportunities to meet Spanish students and interact with locals, but with COVID I understand why that wasn't possible.


* 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? Roughly ~100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget for souvenirs, gifts, and food.


* 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? SPAN 241 at Wellesley
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? Have more conversations with your homestay. It's easy to slip back into english when you're with many other Wellesley students who are all at different levels.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The homestay
  • Travel (limited but fun)
  • Exploring the city
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with PRESHCO and Wellesley coordinators
  • Explicit boundaries between staff and students/channels to discuss uncomfortable situations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I don't know! I wish that I had known that I wouldn't be meeting many Spanish students, but would still be able to learn about the culture through language partners and other classes.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.