A Month of Life I Will Never Forget! August 30, 2017

By (University of Arkansas - Little Rock) - abroad from 05/31/2017 to 07/01/2017 with

Sol Education Abroad - Custom Faculty-Led Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Being fully immersed in the culture is something I could not have imagined previously how it would feel or be. It was incredible! Sure, it was a bit nerve-wracking in the language department because I wasn't the best or had much experience at all speaking in Spanish, but I am so glad I was given so many opportunities to practice and use it! Also, experiencing the country's features and lifestyles was such a unique experience. Nothing in my own prior experiences could even compare! I loved it so much that I look forward to going back!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The actual education was phenomenal! However, one issue I encountered was the placement exam. I felt that I was inadequately placed. I had been told of course, this was based on my test results, but the professors were unwilling to move me up. In the end, with minimal effort, I received 9's and 10's in my courses. As previously stated, fantastic professors! But my one slip-up really cost me any kind of rigor whatsoever.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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?

* Safety:

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

They are a fantastic and very well-organized program! They know how to host the students, provide support, and offer

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? $25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go overboard in purchasing souvenirs. It adds up quickly! Also, seriously utilize your homestay's food. It allows for not only the cultural experience of home-made meals in that country, but also a good time to socialize and learn more with your family!

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? Intermediate Spanish II
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? Expose and immerse yourself to the culture. Go explore! Take a taxi!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Cultural immersion, specifically for the language
  • My homestay
  • The SOL coordinated events with my peers
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe being more open to working with the placement of student based on the student's background and thoughts
  • Nothing else!
  • Nada!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It goes by in the blink of an eye. Get lost and have the time of your life, but also challenge yourself in the academic/language areas, too!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!