Immersed myself in a language with passionate people in an authentic city! February 22, 2019

By (Texas A&M University - College Station) - abroad from 02/27/2019 to 01/12/2019 with

Study Abroad in Spain! Programs and Reviews!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile. I gained the confidence to practice Spanish and not be afraid to mess up, because I am going to and thats okay. It is necessary to learn!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Quality education! Professors were compassionate and patient! They were eager to teach us and the classroom setting was a safe space.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very welcoming and efficient!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our home was sufficient and our host family were incredibly welcoming, nurturing and helpful!

* Food:

LOVED THE FOOD! Whether it was what my host mom cooked or what we ate while traveling, it was authentic and delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated! You are really able to embrace the culture in this structure because it is an authentic setting rather than just a touristy suburb.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They handled it very well. They were calm and timely to the needs of their students!

* Safety:

Felt safe with company!

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

Yes because I feel like I saw and learned as much as I could in that span of 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Exchange money BEFORE you leave for your trip. It is a hastle while you are abroad. Banks are not always timely and reliable when communicating overseas.

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

They were constantly reminding us and pushing us to speak more in 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Do not be afraid to mess up!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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 people
* What could be improved?
  • Class organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much walking you have to do.

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!