An Incredible Summer in Spain! January 03, 2020

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 07/01/2019 to 07/30/2019 with

Study Abroad in Spain! Programs and Reviews!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about appreciating cultures outside of my own. I was able to improve my Spanish in daily conversation. I feel like I have such a greater understanding of the world around me (and away from me) and eager to explore more.

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.

* 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?

* 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 loved this program, truly the only thing I would do differently is I wish I had done a semester instead of a month!

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? probably about $50-100 depending on if we were shopping or on an excursion; however, this was not necessary, it was by choice

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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? Beginner Spanish II
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? I would listen to Spanish music and TV shows - but be sure you know what they are saying!!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 cultural activities and excursions
  • Europe in general
  • The ability to fully be immersed in someone else's home
* What could be improved?
  • Accessibility and opportunity to scholarships
  • Better friendship building activities for participants
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known about more scholarship opportunities.

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!