My Heart Belongs to Madrid Past Review

By (International and Intercultural Communication., Fordham University) - abroad from 01/13/2013 to 05/15/2013 with

Syracuse University: Madrid - Syracuse University in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It opened my mind up to new experiences and taught me that it is never too late to learn another language.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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?

Some families were great. My experience wasn't the best because our host mom was doing it more so for the money.

* Food:

We just weren't given a lot of food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I would go to intercambios in the city--makes a difference when you go to an american university abroad (like the SU madrid program)

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? more or less 70-100 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? buy stuff to make lunches from the grocery store!


* 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

Majority of classes in english. Option to take courses in spanish from a limited selection.

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? Exit Level at Fordham
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? INTERCAMBIOS. they are a MUST when in another country, look for them! It's also a great way to meet people.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Intro Program
* What could be improved?
  • Bonding Activities to Include NON-SU kids
  • Host Family Monitoring
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had asked around for recommendations for a host family while abroad. Some kids from SU knew which host mom to ask for, leaving the kids out of the loop with the leftovers.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'