Once in a lifetime Past Review

By (Syracuse University) - abroad from 01/10/2019 to 05/15/2019 with

Syracuse University: Madrid - Syracuse University in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to improve my Spanish, live in a different country for an extended period, and travel easily throughout Europe

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

My host mom was an amazing host. No complaints at all.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were little to no opportunities to interact with other students outside of our program or local young people and thus although we were living in Madrid we were crafting our own culture or experience within the culture of Madrid in many ways.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A didnt have any health issues

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe, never faced 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? not sure
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don’t travel outside of Spain every weekend, don’t dine out at restaurants every day—buy cheaper quick meals some days and splurge others.


* 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? SPA201
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? Speak the language wherever you go—do your best not to use English

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Traveling
  • Language improvement
  • Cultural immersion
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural immersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about budgeting so that I spent less money in the earlier part of my time

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

PSC355? (Political Conflict)

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Pilar Sánchez Millas
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a challenging but extremely informative course. I left the course feeling very well versed on political conflicts across the world and Pilar pushed us to be informed global citizens.
Credit Transfer Issues: