Barcelona Inspire Past Review

By (Hospitality Administration, Colorado State University) - abroad from 01/06/2015 to 04/24/2015 with

SAI Programs: Barcelona – Study Abroad at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much from this trip, especially about myself and the world around me. Every second was worth it.

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

SAI Staff in Barcelona are amazing!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

very nice, centrally located in very safe neighborhood in the middle of the city

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easy process and the doctors speak english

* Safety:

As with all big cities, keep personal items close, otherwise very safe.

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

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)

Make some meals at home and you are set!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook in groups or make bulk foods that can be held for leftovers. Potlucks are cool ideas too. Plus try some recipes from the host country.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 4
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? Take 2 sections of Spanish to really dive into the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Housing
  • Local Staff
  • Flexibility
* What could be improved?
  • Some aspects of application process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Save some more money before, but also don't let it hold you back. It was a once in a lifetime so take opportunities that present themselves!