An amazing opportunity that everyone should be able to be involved in August 06, 2018

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 05/12/2018 to 07/28/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, my spanish improved significantly

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.

The classes were amazing. They were the correct difficulty and grading was fair.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sol was awesome about answering any question, providing advice and giving feedback. I was never unsure about events or activities.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had the best host family in Oaxaca. I was so close to them and they were so loving and caring. They also were constantly helping me with my spanish

* Food:

The best food ever

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Some activities could have been more interesting but it was overall a great experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

i never had any health issues

* Safety:

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

I had not a single problem with Sol. They were amazing. Always on top of everything and never had any confusion. Also the sol leaders were amazing and super nice and fun

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)

easy because Mexico is very cheap

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 10 us dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat with your host family because you are already paying for those meals

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

all the time

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? advanced spanish
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? Talk to everyone using the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • food
  • leaders
  • host family
* What could be improved?
  • activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the process is scary at first but you will adjust really fast

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.