Best experience ever! January 30, 2017

By (Instituto Franklin-UAH) - abroad from 07/01/2016 to 07/29/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained grat communication skills, especially with a different language.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The teachers were very easy to communicate with and understanding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host parent was rude, other than that my experience in Spain was amazing.

* 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:

Alcala was very safe. I was able to walk around at night without feeling at risk.

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

Alcala was safe and easy to get around to. It was 45 minutes from Madrid and the University was spectacular.

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? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I only bought small gifts and didn't spend money on clothes.

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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? BA in Spanish Literature
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? Don't be shy and spend some time in the Plaza. The plaza is very close to the university where people hang out. Everybody is nice and welcoming. Not only do you get to meet new friends but as well practice the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • food
  • city
  • university
* What could be improved?
  • provide fans
  • make sure host families are great and take into consideration the reviews we leave.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Learn how to read the maps for the train. I got lost a couple of times due to this.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'