Inolvidable June 06, 2019

By (Missouri State University) - abroad from 01/27/2019 to 05/24/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself

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.

* 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

SOL is amazing. They have so much included for the price, and living with a host family really helps with learning the language.

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)

Granada is cheap, and with SOL meals are included, so I had few weekly expenses

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 10 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to travel, plan and buy tickets at least two months in advance.

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? Spanish 312 Writing and Composition
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? Join intercambios, try to make local friends. The Americans, if you go with any, might think you are rude to ignore them, but you'll get more practice with the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* 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?
  • Location
  • People
  • Time left after studies to actually travel and explore the culture
* What could be improved?
  • Taking classes with Spanish students would be nice, because then we wouldn't speak English as much
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you can save so much money if you're willing to do some research yourself on what universities to attend

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!