Best 3 weeks of my life! August 09, 2017

By (Missouri State University) - abroad from 06/03/2017 to 06/24/2017 with

Sol Education Abroad- Heredia - Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to see how other people lived and I got to really immerse myself in a culture different than what I am used to. It was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

My host family was AMAZING. They were so welcoming, fun to be around, and all around just the perfect fit for me.

* 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:

I never felt like I was in any danger in Heredia.

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

I really enjoyed everything Costa Rica had to offer and I feel like my time there is unfinished. There are still so many things there that I want to 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I bought a lot of souvenirs so around $100.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep a notebook of your expenses so you can keep track of what you've spent and what you have left.

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

Everyone in Costa Rica was very receptive to us speaking Spanish and genuinely wanted to help us learn and be able to communicate with us.

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 1
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? Watch a lot of TV shows and listen to a lot of music that has Spanish in it. Also, try to speak it as much as possible with friends if you know anyone that speaks spanish.

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?
  • My host family
  • Being able to practice Spanish
  • The different activities that were planned
* What could be improved?
  • I can't think of anything!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? 3 weeks is not enough time. I wish I could've stayed longer because there was a lot I feel like I missed out on.

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!