So much fun June 27, 2019

By (Middle Tennessee State University) - abroad from 05/24/2019 to 06/01/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very worthwhile. I gained a greater appreciation and understanding that America, and the American way of life is not how the whole world lives.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

My host family was very kind to me. I got sick, and my host mom María made me very mild food. She really went out of her way to make sure I was comfortable.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A few of us got sick. Our host provider as well as our MTSU staff were very helpful in getting us medicine.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Well this experience was amazing, but I want to see other places!

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? $200

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

My host family spoke very little English, they were learning English, so it was good practice for both of us to learn a new 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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 1020
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Art
  • Culture
* What could be improved?
  • Our scheduled changed a lot
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Locals in Oaxaca mostly wear pants, I brought mostly shorts.. I would’ve brought pants if I’d known. Haha

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!