Two Week Advanced Worth It August 13, 2019

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 08/03/2019 to 08/17/2019 with

Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained friendships around the US and helped improve my Spanish within such a sort amount of time.

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?

* Safety:

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

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)

I liked to see other things that the were not in the program like chocolate and coffee tours. (The down fall or only a 2 week program)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe a whole days worth in 2 weeks
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You'll have a great experience without doing extra stuff outside the program that coast money.

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
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? Use it and practice with other Sol Mates

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Friends
  • Host Mom
  • Program Activities
* What could be improved?
  • Having a roommate
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's not always hot, there's some cold days