Wouldn't Change It for the World Past Review

By (Spanish Language, Literature, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 06/06/2015 to 08/22/2015 with

Study Abroad Programs in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot more about the spanish language and practiced all of my spanish every day. It was definitely worthwhile and rewarding

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

The leaders/administration were very helpful in this program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was incredibly satisfied. My host family was very kind and so helpful. They treated me like I was a part of their family and now being back in the states, it feels like a part of me is missing not seeing them everyday.

* Food:

My host family always had delicious food, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed all the food on the excursions. Overall I enjoyed the food in Costa Rica though.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't really experience any serious health issues, but when I was feeling a little sick, I was offered teas or soups to help.

* Safety:

We were advised not to walk around at night past around 6 pm when it got dark outside.

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)

I spent around $500-600 in 11 weeks being conservative with my spending but splurging occasionally.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 55-60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Wait to buy souvenirs until the market in San Jose and try to bargain with people. If you buy things while on the excursions, things tend to be a bit more overpriced


* 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

100 % of the time they encouraged us 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? Intermediate 4
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? Practice it every day with your friends and family and other students.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Host Family
  • Teachers
  • Learning Possibilities
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Safety
  • Events after first 3 weeks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know a little bit more of what I would have chosen to pack and to leave extra space in my bags for more souvenirs.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate 2

Course Department: Spansih
Instructor: Leticia
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: She was well prepared for class and I enjoyed her teaching
Credit Transfer Issues: none
Course Name/Rating:

Advanced 1

Course Department: Spanish
Instructor: Adriana
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This class was prepared and the games she had to teach us different tenses and more about the language were very helpful.
Credit Transfer Issues: none