The Best Time of My Life October 29, 2020

By (Syracuse University) - abroad from 08/25/2019 to 12/04/2020 with

Syracuse University: Madrid - Syracuse University in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to integrate into a new culture and it was fascinating.

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.

The courses were engaging and intensive (but no homework intensive)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mother was sweet, accommodating, and caring.

* Food:

My host mom knew the things I couldn't eat and cooked in a way that was perfect for my diet.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very in touch with the culture. The university helped us integrated and for me falling into the culture was very easy and fun.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I went to the hospital once and the healthcare system was well. They had an employee that came with me to see the doctor and could help with anything I needed.

* Safety:

Madrid is a safe city, I never had any instances that endangered my safety.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I had the best time of my life. I still keep in contact with my professors and friends from Madrid. I wish everyday that I could go back.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I would say maximum $175 a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say to not eat at restaurants frequently, there was so many small cafes and grocery stores that make fresh food and it is inexpensive.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? none
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? Duolingo and also trying to speak with natives before going on the abroad trip.

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?
  • Faculty
  • Freedom
  • County
* What could be improved?
  • nothing really
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it wasn't going to be as lonely as I thought it would be.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.