Ugh Past Review

By (Instituto Franklin-UAH) - abroad from 06/03/2019 to 01/31/2020 with

SIU Carbondale: Global Honors Seminar: The University of Oxford: Summer Residency & Tutorial

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

I would rate Spain and it's gastronomy as 5 stars. The teacher utilized visual supports to enhance vocabulary aquisition for unfamiliar words. The intermediate Spanish was a decent class but it did not provide enough practice speaking the language. I also wish there was more exposure to native speaking Spanish students instead of all English speaking students in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sometimes a little to direct and impersonal. Not friendly when explaining some social norms that has been broken.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The lady stole my striped pants, it smelled like smoke when I requested a non-smoking room. The lady was unfriendly and yelled at me for accepting the help in intermediate Spanish from her husband. We were in clear view and she yelled at me for using my phone to translate a question I had. The old guy was thoughtful, amazing, helpful, and patient.

* Food:

I loved Spanish cuisine but the eating hours had me a little light headed in the afternoon.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like the gastronomy teacher tried to give us many opportunities bit learning the language with native students is a major deficit.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

I feel safer in Europe than in the states.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would want one that incorporated more of a speaking component


* 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)

I have a job

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 3000 for the month
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No


* 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 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? Netflix Spanish shows with same a cent as country, duallingo, read books and check comprehension with English books.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Learning about ur culture
* What could be improved?
  • Speaking in Spanish
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? They are all Americans and not mixed in with the natives

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Idk
Instructor: Maria
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: See above
Credit Transfer Issues: No issue