Amazing!! July 18, 2018

By (Elizabethtown College) - abroad from 06/09/2018 to 07/30/2018 with

Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Mexico at University of Oaxaca

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile! I learned about a culture and improved my ability to speak Spanish

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Not very rigorous...but very informational for cultural do’s and dont’s. Sometimes our instructors were lenient with students using English in the classroom

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mother was so generous and kind. She always checked in to see how I was doing and was very responsive to text messages. She also always knew our program schedule.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If I could have stayed longer I would have learned more and felt more immersed! But it was definitely an intense immersion experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My program directors would always accompany us to the doctor and made sure we were healthy and happy.

* Safety:

It felt very safe....but we were encouraged to not walk around alone at night or in certain parts of the city.

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

Sol Abroad was so accommodating and wanted you to have the best experience as possible. They organized many planned excursions while leaving you with time to explore on your own.

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? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat with your host family as often as possible!

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 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? Don’t be shy! Speak with your host family, don’t be afraid to speak with locals. They are very patient and friendly!

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
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?
  • Living with a host family
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Wish I could have lived closer to the other students in my program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Mexican do’s and dont’s...practical language skills

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.'