Absolutely Worth It September 02, 2022

By (Marketing, Mount Pleasant) - abroad from 07/01/2022 to 07/31/2022 with

The Experiment: Spain: Spanish Language & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely Worth while. Aside from language skills, I grew as a person, I received amazing role models, and a new and improved mindset, mentality, and goal sets.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

* 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 absolutely loved this trip, I made amazing friends and role models, I grew so much and learned so much about myself in such a short amount of time. I have changed for the better and I am grateful that I received such an amazing opportunity


* 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)

Compared to the states food, stores, and activities were relatively cheap

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? less than $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Many 'tourist' stores sell the same post cards, magnets, and basic souvenirs, all for different prices, check around before immediately buying common items


* 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? 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? High school Spanish 4
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? In country talk to people, most will be happy you are trying, before leaving? listen to podcasts , music, use apps, read, write, and most importantly speak, listen, and repeat. You might understand what people are saying but its challenging to speak back to them properly

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Architecture
  • Activities
  • The people I met along the way
* What could be improved?
  • Food wasnt always amazing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have packed lighter (though the packing list did tell me how to pack and I didnt listen), I wish I would have doubled down on my spanish classes so i could have been better prepaired. I wish I would have known how much id miss the program and people when it ended.

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.