Unforgettable amazing experience. January 23, 2017

By (University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh) - abroad from 06/01/2016 to 07/28/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My Spanish skills greatly increased and I learned how to be independent. Worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Instructors were very good and helpful. Spoke at level for non-native speakers.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom gave me the best experience I could have hoped for. She more than welcomed me into her home.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

Very safe. I never felt in harm.

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

The university city is perfect and closet to Madrid for easy access to travel.

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)

It was very easy unless I traveled in the weekend.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~$4000 for 2 months
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start saving as soon as possible. Ask for money from family members instead of gifts during holidays or birthday.

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? SPAN 0025 conversation
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? You can't really practice it until you get there. Especially because different Spanish speakers have different accents depending on the region. Also because the instructors at university know to speak slower but native speakers do not speak slow at all.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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?
  • host family
  • 3 day weekend to travel
  • 9-3 class times
* What could be improved?
  • better printing option
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How hot it really gets in the summer. Pack less clothing. Bring a small suitcase or weekend bag that is comfortable to carry long distances.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.