go to barcelona!!! Past Review

By (University of Dayton) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/16/2015 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 about myself and and so many life lessons that have made me grown up. I feel so much more independent and confident for the future. It was worth all the stress of being lost and managing school plus travelling plus finances.

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.

UAB was awesome and offered so many classes about Spain and Barcelona. All of my classes were interesting and different than my classes in the states.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

SAI made everything for studying abroad so easy! They made the process so fast and easy I was nervous at all coming over to Spain. Our coordinator was there for anything we needed at any time.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our location and apartment was amazing! I always felt safe and comfortable in our flat.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I liked living in a building with all Barcelona locals and living in an area that wasn't crowded with study abroad students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe in Barcelona! It's just important to always be with someone and have directions to where you are going so you don't get lost. Always stick together and never leave anyone behind and you're good to go.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Work hard before leaving to feel comfortable with money for your semester or summer! Eating in saves a lot of money too.

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? 300 level
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Housing
  • School
  • Closeness of the program
* What could be improved?
  • More students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Download whatsapp and viber before leaving the states!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.