Oaxaca was a magical experience. December 18, 2018

By (Cardinal Stritch University) - abroad from 09/01/2018 to 12/08/2018 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 an extremely difficult experience at times (especially in the beginning) but learning how to adapt/ change with the changes in your life is crucial. I also learned how to be alone and mold myself into the woman I want to be.

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.

Overall, the experience changed my life. It was a difficult but very rewarding journey. I made lifelong connections and I regret nothing.

* 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

Sol was very helpful and always has been. Our excursions were amazing. We had the opportunity to travel all around Oaxaca/Mexico and we made memories that changed me, as a person.

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 spent about 50 dollars a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I made a budget, but I didn't necessarily stick to it. I was okay with that because I worked and saved up all summer. If I had the money, I wanted to use it. You're only there once!

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? Advanced
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? I have been taking classes taught in Spanish since high school.
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? Immerse yourself! Make mistakes. That's how you learn the best.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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/Coordinators
  • Classes/Professors
  • Application process
* What could be improved?
  • I wish there had been some type of counseling available to help me with some emotions I was unable to process.
  • n/a
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew what classes I was scheduled to take, I did not like going into my semester not knowing what classes I was taking.

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!