Seville: A Life Changing Experience Past Review

By (Psychology, SUNY - Binghamton) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was definitely worthwhile. My spanish improved, and it definitely increased my cultural awareness. I would love to go back.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed this experience, and I think this is a great program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I think the location of my apartment was fantastic. I felt very safe in that neighborhood. The apartment had everything we needed, so we only had to buy food. It was very close to the university, as well as

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the orientation, as well as the other trips my program offered. For example we went to Granada, Malaga, and Cordoba.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

You can tell that this program takes health and safety very seriously. They were always there to help you if you had any issues.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? At first I had trouble living on a budget as I was very excited to be in a new country. I wanted to go out to eat and go to different events and I soon learned that i needed to conserve my money.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would tell them that it is important to have fun, but to also watch your spending. Try to achieve a healthy balance.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

While the instruction was entirely in Spanish, I lived in an apartment with American students where it was easy to fall back into speaking english.

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? I feel to go on this program it is important to have a solid background in Spanish. It is also important for them to understand that Andalusian Spanish is difficult to learn. It is also important to practice your spanish everyday, as you will be living with American students.