Season of growth & adventure February 13, 2015

By (Auburn University) - abroad from 01/09/2013 to 04/24/2013 with

Instituto Franklin-UAH: Alcalá de Henares - Study Abroad in Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a ton of Spanish; I learned a lot about myself; I learned about relationships and cross-cultural lines of difference and sameness.

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.

Rosi was an amazing professor, as were Carlos and Saturnino. I was slightly unimpressed with the quality of instruction and organization for the Service Learning course, but I did appreciate the experience in the classroom which accompanied the course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had an amazing host family and roommate; we all keep in touch to date.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had very few local friends.

* 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

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? $150- including travel; which I did a lo of
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take advantage of the opportunity you have to travel to many places on the weekend. Save beforehand and seek the cheapest flight/getaway vacation options without compromising your desires to visit specific places.

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

Thank you for administering all course instruction in Spanish

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? Business Spanish 1; Syntax; Phonetics; Composition
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? Dive in- use Spanish with all of your Study Abroad friends; even the American ones

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Spanish language skills acquired
  • Quality of international business courses
  • opportunities to travel
* What could be improved?
  • Service Learning Course
  • Promote more interactions with locals (via mixers or socials)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known how quickly the time would pass and that I should have focused from day 1 on language immersion, rather than waiting until February

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.