SAI BCN A+ Past Review

By (University of Missouri - Columbia) - abroad from 01/12/2016 to 05/06/2016 with

SAI Study Abroad: Barcelona - Elisava, Barcelona School of Design

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Everything was worthwhile. Just learning to be independent in a different country and interacting with all different types of people.

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.

Elisava wasn't my favorite of schools. The communication wasn't up to par. This does not have any reflection on SAI though.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mireia is the absolute best at her job, couldn't ask for anyone better.

* 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?

Mireia made it so easy for me to abel to get a doctor's appointment with an english speaking doctor.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Most amazing semester of my life.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? Intermediate
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? Elisava was an english speaking school so if you want to go to expand on your language to a school that is spanish speaking.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Mireia
  • Barcelona
  • Comida
* What could be improved?
  • Elisava, which again does not reflect on SAI.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I went to the business school versus Elisava.