Spain: An Incredibly Enriching Experience Past Review

By (Studio Arts, Hollins University) for

SSA Education Abroad: Seville - Semester, Year or Summer in Seville

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES!!! My mind was in stretched in ways I did not know possible, and the experiences that stretched it I will remember for the rest of my life. Adapting to a different way of life was so good for me; I truly don't think I could enter adulthood with such confidence without this experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

education system generally based more on memorization than critical thinking and discussion

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths: helping students out with personal problems (ie, health issues), being flexible, promoting independence Weaknesses: Organization, professionalism, providing students with adequate emotional health resources for adjustment, listening

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got to know Spain's health system very, very well and was largely satisfied although they do not quite keep up US standards of cleanliness

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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

The institution attempted to get students to speak in Spanish, but they generally failed at that task. It was so frustrating that I consciously had to choose learning the language over developing friendships with many of the students because I had no interest in speaking interest.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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