Friends made and connections to keep! May 03, 2022

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/19/2022 to 02/10/2022 with

SSA Education Abroad: Barcelona - Semester, Year or Summer in Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was really amazing to be able to experience Barcelona at lower capacity. I feel like I truly got to know the city. yes - very worthwhile.

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 miss my host family very very much <3

* Food:

so, so good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

La Rambla can be scary at night for women - don't go alone!

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

I think that my program - especially with my host family and there being only two other guys in my program that I got to go on adventures with - made my experience really special.


* 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? $30-70
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep track of your expenses and review at the end of each week


* 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? Intermediate courses.
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? Try to keep friends who want to speak Spanish as well!! Hold each other accountable

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

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • My host family
  • The city of Barcelona itself
  • Further developing my independence.
* What could be improved?
  • Intensity of program focus on Spanish
  • Increasing number of program events
  • More bonding earlier on for the program participants
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have had the foresight to look at my expenditures each week to keep up with my own spending.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.