Best Semester Ever October 29, 2020

By (Syracuse University) - abroad from 08/26/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

Syracuse University: Madrid - Syracuse University in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Aside from my Spanish dramatically improving I gained the confidence to hold a conversation with someone who I knew I couldn’t immediately switch to English with if I got stuck on a word

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Teachers taught as well as they would on campus. The courses were challenging but interesting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

I loved being able to practice and improve my spanish and see different cities in Spain that I normally would not have travelled to.

Finances

* 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)

You have the ability to spend what you’re comfortable with. I chose to travel every weekend and spend roughly $4,000 throughout the semester. While others stayed mostly in madrid

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was only buying lunch which was $3-10 per day
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set a budget of what you want to spend and plan trips accordingly so you get the most of your time there

Language

* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level spanish class
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? Try. Locals will help you and appreciate the effort

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The culture
  • Traveling
  • Learning the language
* What could be improved?
  • Course load per class
  • The seminar
  • Smaller classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is exhausting traveling all the time and feeling like you have to experience everything. But it is ok to take a break and relax for some time to not run yourself down

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.