An Incredible Experience April 14, 2016

By (Criminology, Philosophy, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa) - abroad from 01/12/2016 to 04/28/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained valuable language skills, appreciation for a different culture, I made close friends, I explored different cultures and countries in Europe. It was very worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Mireia found us an amazing apartment in a great part of the city.

* Food:

Menus del dia

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had one experience, and it was a very smooth, simple process. About the same to what I experience at home. No, I did not need any specific vaccines.

* Safety:

Other than general pickpocketing, I felt very safe in Barcelona.

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

Studying abroad, particularly in Barcelona, was a period of growth and reflection for me that I would not exchange for anything. SAI was very instrumental in that.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use public transportation as often as possible.

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate

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?
  • Excursions
  • Program Size
  • Helpful/Friendly Staff
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't pack as many clothes!

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.