Fun! February 05, 2019

By (University of Houston) - abroad from 12/26/2018 to 01/26/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Loved the culture.

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.

* 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

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? $0 on food and $60 on presents.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring pesos so you don't have to be billed ATM fee, prepare to have a budget for taxis of about $100 if you're staying for more than a month and are staying further away from the center and you like to go out at night.

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? Intro courses/one semester
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to the locals.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Museums
  • Food
  • Weather
* What could be improved?
  • Clearer idea of what you're going to spend.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Where my house was so I could plan how to get to a from school.