¡Muy fantástico! August 06, 2018

By (Oklahoma City University) - abroad from 06/02/2018 to 07/28/2018 with

Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Spain at University of Granada

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Oh yes it was worth while. I feel like I have more of an appreciation for different people's way of life now. I have always been pretty accepting, but now I have moved past acceptance to understanding.

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.

This was by far the best choice I have made. The education I received was really good, but it was a challenge. I knew that the classes were going to be taught in Spanish, but it never really registered until I got there. The school day felt long at times, but nothing I was used to being a dance major. Homework was not too much nor too difficult, but studying is a requirement.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Edu and German were the best people for this job. It was so good to work with them. They truly cared about the students. Many students had some personal things to deal with, and both Edu and German helped the students through it and work out a solution.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had the best host mom ever. Living with kids was better than no kids. The food was amazing.

* Food:

The home cooked meals were a lot better. Tomato and olive oil are used in everything, so you will learn to like them both. Sea food was not away the best, but there was some I did enjoy.

* 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

I felt like I got my money's worth for the most part. The activities were great. The family was amazing. The faculty was helpful. It was a great experience.

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)

It helps living with the family that cooks all meals for you. If you eat out and live up the social life a lot, you will need much more.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $120 a week

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Int. 2
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? With your host family and go out to get to know the locals

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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?
  • Host Family
  • Cultural Activities
  • Local/Night Life
* What could be improved?
  • More activities for 2nd month
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spain Spanish is very different from Mexican Spanish

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'