Eye opening Past Review

By (Marywood University) - abroad from 03/11/2017 to 03/18/2017 with

Study Abroad in Spain! Programs and Reviews!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to open my eyes to other cultures and to not be close minded or arrogant to another person's culture.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The tour guide made me feel less integrated because of how she was treating us in a space.

* 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? Yes

I have always loved the idea of traveling and studying abroad and this short experience not only gave me experience but it gave me both, and I had such an amazing time.

Finances

* 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)

It was nice to have a couple meals previously paid for prior to the trip so that those two meals we didn't have to pay for anything.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200

Language

* 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

I managed very well while hardly speaking any english to people who speak fluent spanish.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High school- three years of language
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? Make sure you know conversational phrases and sentences.

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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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Seeing architecture that some people may never get to
  • Experiencing a culture along with seeing architecture
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • The tour guides
  • Time on the tours
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A little bit more spanish

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.