Amazing September 06, 2019

By (Northern Kentucky University) - abroad from 07/13/2019 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, learning experiences, and overall more confidence in myself.

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.

Was very challenging, yet taught me a lot more Spanish than I imagined.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was very caring and thoughtful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my moma tica, and her house was amazing. Nothing like I expected

* Food:

It took me awhile to get used to the food. Although the food they cooked was very well done and not concerning.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You were totally thrown in to the culture and by the end I truly felt like a local there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

While it was safe with the programs, it was very sketchy in some places and would advise just to never walk alone.

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)

It all depended on how much you personally want to spend. The food is covered unless you'd like to go out.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50

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? Beginner
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? High school Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Instructors helping out more the first couple of days
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring an extra towel

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.'