Enlightening experience at a home away from home! September 17, 2017

By (University of Manchester) - abroad from 07/22/2017 to 09/16/2017 with

The Intern Group: Madrid Internship Placement Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Apart from my professional growth, I´ve realised that Spanish people have a great work-life balance. They take their work seriously, but also know when to sit back and enjoy life. I believe this is something I´ll take with me throughout the rest of my life.

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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.

I recently completed a 8 week internship in Madrid, Spain, and it was quite the memorable experience! From drop off to orientation, the Intern Group made sure I was well informed and felt at home. My company was very welcoming and the work made use of the design project skills I gained in the previous semester (at university), so it was quite nice immediately putting that knowledge to good use. Madrid is also a magnificent city with lots to see and much to explore. It was a pity I came on the cusp of August, which is the general holiday month in Europe. As a result, there were not many interns and my flat was quite empty. Regardless, I was still able to have a good time by meeting people from around and it was quite fun exploring by myself too. Overall, I am quite happy with my experience and dearly miss my time spent in Madrid. The internship was quite helpful in making me realise what I really wanted to do in the future (i.e. which direction to take in my field) and needless to say, it´d look quite good on my CV too.

* 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

Spanish culture is definitely something to experience first hand. It is quite different from other cultures we have in the Anglosphere and working here just reinforces that.

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)

Depends on how you spend it

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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • International Students
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?
  • Culture
  • Food
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More Spanish haha

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!