Small, tight-knit group in Seville Past Review

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SUNY New Paltz: Seville - Study Abroad at Universidad de Sevilla

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad is an amazing experience. It is a unique opportunity to be able to live in Europe for four months, traveling to just about any country you want and experiencing different cities, cultures, and cuisines. An unforgettable experience, regardless of what program you go on or which country/city you study in.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrator gives very little information. He is helpful but you must seek out all of the information you want. Program is very small. Not conducive for meeting lots of people.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Good apartment. I spent way to much time doing laundry and preparing meals. Would have been nice to have someone do that. <br /><br /> See above.

* Food:

Spanish food is not the greatest. Most people in the program bought and prepared their own meals. If you want good food--got to Italy!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not enough kids in the program. Small selection of people to spend time with.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The program director was a doctor. He was very kind and I always took care of those who fell ill or had other health/medical issues. Seville is one of the safest feeling cities I have ever traveled to (Barcelona is the least).

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? A lot. 100 Euro a week. Traveling is what really drives up the costs.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Prepare to spend a lot. Even those who tried not to wound up spending more than they wanted. It is just one of those things that comes with being abroad.


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is very small. If you are looking for a bigger program where you can meet lots of other students, then this program might not be right for you. However, if you like the idea of being with a small, tight knit group of kids, then the SUNY New Paltz Seville program is ideal.