The most life Changing experience! November 07, 2019

By (Hofstra University) - abroad from 06/01/2019 to 08/19/2019 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 learned how to communicate in a different language across various platforms and groups. I learned various presentation skills, and many skills for working in business.

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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.

Me encantaría hablar sobre de mi intercambio con Sol Educación, Este verano pasado me fui a Costa Rica para perfeccionar mi español y aprender más sobre el mercado de negocios en América Latina. ¡Lo que Sol me dieron fue más de lo que esperaba! Me reunieron con muchos estudiantes inspiradores y nos llevaron por todo Costa Rica. Nos dieron familias amables, que nos ayudaron a integrarnos en su país, y nos acogieron como sus propios hijos. ¡Las profesoras en Sol me dieron una educación en negocios y cultura latinoamericana que se volvió esencial para mi crecimiento como profesional de negocios! Pude aprender sobre cómo negociar y comunicar adecuadamente en varios niveles y grupos en América Latina. Aprendí sobre la importancia de la cultura latinoamericana en su mercado empresarial. Aprendí sobre cómo comunicarse de manera efectiva y la importancia de comunicarse en un determinado asunto a través de servicios como WhatsApp. Me permitieron trabajar a través de su programa de pasantías para obtener experiencia laboral en América Latina, y en general el programa cambió mi vida de buenas maneras. Gracias Sol por darme una gran oportunidad de crecimiento en mi vida y por emparejarme con amigos tan increíbles de toda la vida.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

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* 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

I would definitely do it all over again. I have never in my life felt so happy. I made life-time friends, mastered the language, learned a lot about the culture, and gained many transferable skills to several different careers.

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 didn't spend much on food. Three meals were provided to me every day.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Business Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I loved how well structured it is
  • The living accommodations were amazing
  • I loved the education
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I have studied abroad two times before so I already knew what to do.

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!