It was like a dream! January 30, 2024

By (Education, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2023 to 12/22/2023 with

Study in Portugal Network: Semester/Academic Year Options

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Acquired more language skills, and intercultural competency and traveled a lot more than I could've imagined.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I didn't really enjoy the education system there. The grading scale was way too complex and so were the grading methods of the professors.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was great! Very efficient, quick, organized and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a student residence. Very clean, the staff was friendly, I had my own studio, also had cleaning scheduled every week.

* Food:

I had to cook for myself! But the food in Portugal wasn't that diverse.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The area I was located in felt very local. Also, the subway system was great! Traveled and got to know a great amount of the city.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any experiences, however, my friend did and it seemed very accessible. Also, program staff was very grateful.

* Safety:

Very safe! Portugal is always presented to be very safe and it was. No incidents at all.

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 think it was very easy. I didn't find Portugal to be as expensive as other cities.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? To try and come up with a budget before departing.


* 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? Intensive Intermediate Portuguese
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? Take a class before you go! Even if its just a beginners class

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • People
  • Weather
  • Accesible transportation
* What could be improved?
  • Expectation on school system
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How completely the Portuguese education system is.

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!