Life changind February 08, 2017

By (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) - abroad from 09/05/2016 to 12/21/2016 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 got a lot better i learned a lot about the European Union and the history of Madrid, my host family was very nice i traveled around Europe, it was definitely worthwhile

Review Photos

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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.

As for resources i wish we knew more about library access and the gym area earlier in the semester maybe a tour of those places also.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great people..

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish we had more access to other young people maybe classes with actual Spanish natives.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

yes it was easily accessible the tours we had were great i went to the hospital once my host family was nice enough to take me.

* Safety:

Very very safe. although if walking at night walk with a friend, i had no bad instances.

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)

I took 2,000 dollars which i was able to travel with i only ate food at home with my host family so it was not that hard for me to have money to travel. food is expensive in Europe.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 at the most
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Like i said about do not buy food out unless you absolutely have to if you are living with a host family they provide it all. When travelling look at easyjet and ryanair they have good prices. buy a bus card it is 4 euros, 20 per month to take all buses all trains you can go to Madrid 6 times in a week it is a discount for students. Ask your host families.

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? Beginner
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 204
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? Watch shows in Spanish, go out and make friends, start a group chat, have dinner conversations with your host family.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

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?

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?
  • The Teachers were amazing
  • the city
  • the safety
* What could be improved?
  • more tours of school utilities
  • local students should be more involved
  • wish there were student associations involved.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it was solely American Students in the program

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!