Great experience and I would do it all over again! Past Review

By (Elementary Education And Spanish, SUNY - College at Brockport) - abroad from 05/19/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

SUNY Geneseo: Heredia - Centro de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad Nacional

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned alot more about spanish and I think I am more advanced and yes It was worthwhile!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Linguistics and Literature
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?

I enjoyed my host family and thought it gave me a better experience.

* Food:

food was very good and there was a variety.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wished I was able to meet Costa Rican students and have Costa rican friends.

* 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


* 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 spent alo of money on weekend trips.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 a week on other expenses and traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save alot before you go because there are so many things to do and you dont want to not experience things because of financial problems.


* 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? 351
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Host family
  • traveling
* What could be improved?
  • shorter classes
  • meet local friends
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I needed more money