Getting out of your comfort zone Past Review

By (Wartburg College) - abroad from 02/01/2016 to 05/12/2016 with

Spanish Studies Abroad: Seville - Semester, Year or Summer in Seville

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I definitely was forced outside of my comfort zone, and I was able to grow a lot as a person. It was absolutely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

My living arrangement was very comfortable, and very close to my school.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My intercambio never responded to my emails, so the only way that I was integrated with the local culture was through my host family.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any experience with this.

* Safety:

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

The professors were great & any problem I had, the administration helped me.

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)

Any extra money I spent was through my own costs - traveling, snacks, etc.

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
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

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes & professors
  • Availability of the administration
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Spanish would be enforced within in the school

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!