Go abroad Past Review

By (Wartburg College) - abroad from 02/02/2017 to 05/13/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself and have grown as a person, I got to experience a new culture and learn the language, it was 100% worth it and i was so sad to leave

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 lived with a host family and they were incredible

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived with a spanish family and all my classes were in spanish, I also had an intercambio and my friends and I would hangout a lot with locals

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

If anything was wrong I just told the center and they took me to the doctor down the block and I was in within 10 minutes to get checked out

* Safety:

My city was very safe, even at night alone I never felt unsafe

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

I loved my program and wouldn't change a thing but we had classes on fridays sometimes and I had really early classes so if I went again I would choose a more flexible program so that I could travel more

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)

I traveled around a lot and would get tapas and drinks with friends a lot so it is just the culture, if a person doesn't go out much it is very affordable but while traveling to other countries and going out to eat and shopping it can add up

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? while traveling $150 a week in Seville $50 or less a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? don't go shopping right away, be careful with money at first

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 program had a spanish only policy while at the school

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 course at my university
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 with everyone, try to talk to your friends in the language you are learning

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?
  • The people
  • the culture
  • the food
* What could be improved?
  • class on friday
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? explore as much as possible even if you go alone

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.'