An life-changing experience I will always remember. November 30, 2019

By (Viterbo University) - abroad from 06/08/2019 to 07/27/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to communicate with others better in Spanish, how to be more self-confident, learn how to talk to new people, and gained lifelong friends.

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?

I loved my host home experience!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met a lot of new friends in Mexico and explored the local culture, including cuisine, churches, coffeeshops, museums, and artwork.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My program director was amazing about assisting with healthcare issues!

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Oaxaca!

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

I would choose Sol Education Abroad again in a heartbeat! The program directors and staff are kind, reliable, and knowledgeable. The excursions are very fun and the host family experience was incredible. I also met so many amazing people through the program. The price of Sol Education Abroad is also more affordable than a lot of other programs.

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? About 50 US dollars a week

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level college course
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? Refuse to speak English with your Solmates! It is very hard, but worth it.

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?

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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?
  • People I met
  • Ability to use Spanish in everyday conversation
  • Oaxaca - such a beautiful place to go
* What could be improved?
  • More excursions for people staying longer than a month
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack light! Start conversations with fellow Solmates while abroad.

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.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Medical Spanish

Course Department: Español para Extranjeros
Instructor: Marycarmen Rodriguez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: I learned a lot in this medical Spanish Class, from the Mexican healthcare system to the different body systems in Spanish! The teacher was great. She was very knowledgable, fun, and approachable. There were a couple presentations and exams. It was a great class to practice your Spanish in while learning new medical terms.
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