Everyone should visit the South of Spain at least once in their life. October 24, 2019

By (Hofstra University) - abroad from 07/01/2019 to 07/30/2019 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 gained perspective, confidence, language skills, and embracing energy towards other cultures.

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got seriously ill the first week, and my program directors were very accessible to take me to the emergency room and followed-up with me until I got better.

* Safety:

Granada is SO safe and really feels like home.

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

I absolutely love both Sol and Granada. It's such a supportive group and the area is safe, comforting, and welcoming. Living with a host family was also the best decision I ever made.

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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't use retail therapy to adjust to your new life abroad!!

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

We only spoke in Spanish to everyone, all the time. I loved it.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced Spanish 5
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? Don't be afraid to go for it!

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The weekend trips!
  • Living with a host family
  • Granada, Spain
* What could be improved?
  • They need to promote the heaviness of the course work better.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known the courses would be tough and have a heavy workload. That wasn't made as clear as I wish it would have been.

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.