This experience opened my eyes and made me want to travel so much more! October 23, 2017

By (Truman State University) - abroad from 05/20/2017 to 07/21/2017 with

Travel & Education: Salamanca - University of Salamanca

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. Not only did I gain Spanish skills, but I also gained people skills and became more comfortable meeting new people and exploring new places. I also learned so much about history, art, culture, and people in general.

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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

This program helped me to improve my Spanish skills beyond what I could have hoped. We also had so many opportunities to travel, and I will never forget all of the amazing people I met.

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? $20

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? 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? Spanish 330
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? Immerse yourself completely! Don't worry about making mistakes or sounding stupid, just go for it. Speak as much as you can, listen and read to whatever you can in that language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • my host family
  • the professors
  • opportunities to travel
* What could be improved?
  • not many opportunities to interact with locals
  • expensive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that people are oftentimes excited to interact with you, even if you are a foreigner. It's best to just go for it and interact with as many new people as you can.

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!