IGER is Absolutely AMAZING: Educational & Inspirational Past Review

By (Mass Communications & Spanish, North Carolina Central University) - abroad from 06/15/2013 to 07/14/2013 with

Study Abroad Programs in Puerto Rico

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about the Puerto Rican culture everyday. I also feel that my understanding of Spanish has also improved. Everyday we were highly encouraged to speak Spanish. It was a very worthwhile experience.

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:

The food was absoutely amazing. Everyday I got to enjoy a different authentic Puerto Rican dish

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyday on the way to school or even on the weekends I got to meet different locals. The Puerto Rican culture is amazing.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt pretty safe while I was there for the entire month. I would reccommend to never go anywhere alone.

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)

I would recommend to bring at least $400 because you will be there for an entire month and you will want to enjoy the Puerto Rican lifestyle by engaging in different activities and foods.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not dine out everyday unless you have the money to do so. I would recommend going to the local Wal-mart or Walgreens to get snacks and other food for your dorm room.


* 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? Intermediate Spanish 1
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • The different culture trips around the island of Puerto Rico
  • Feelig obligated to speak Spanish everyday
  • FOOD
* What could be improved?
  • The living conditions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had knew to bring more bug spray. The bugs there are serious.