A light in my life from Costa Rica Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University) for

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Student Teachers in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! It was worth every penny or Colones!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: n/a
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.

The academic experience was eye opening. Our professors really challenged us to think and think critically. I had never looked at the world they way we talked about in class until then. Now I see things in a differnt light and feel more well rounded from it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program only has strengths in it in my opinion. The program is structured wonderfully and the content of the course is outstanding. In two weeks I learned more then I had in a year of school.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Quality of food was excellent!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My best memory was riding a bike to Panama from Puerto Verto and feelign a since of freedom and independence. I feel it was life changing to just hop on the road and go.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The country felt very safe to me.

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


* 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? I spend almost a $1,000 on everything in total.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? How much food was going to cost and taxes.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • everything
* What could be improved?
  • nothing