Amazing Past Review

By (Alamo Heights High School) - abroad from 06/12/2016 to 07/02/2016 with

Study Abroad Programs in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned alot about the culture and how to interact with people, in another language. It was absolutely worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

* Food:

It would be nice if we had food other then empanadas for the snack.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I belive that we needed more traditional things.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

There needs to be more different activities to do, if I did it again, I would do the same thing.


* 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? About 90
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Watch the things that cost one dollar, they add up.


* 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? 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? Spanish 3 PAP
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? It is necessary to know the grammar, you can use a dictionary for the vocab

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

  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the people
  • the atmosphere
  • the activities
* What could be improved?
  • stuff to do in your free time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? What clothes I needed