Never shall Forget June 09, 2017

By (University of Central Missouri) - abroad from 01/10/2017 to 04/06/2017 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 how to depend on me, not always asking for others opinions

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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.

All the classes had different levels of being rigorous cross cultural psy lots of terms to remember, poetry expressing ones feelings through writing, social theory many theories sounded the same but were different

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was very helpful in getting information to us quickly and efficiently.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I did like my living arrangements, my host mom was excellent.

* Food:

The food my gost cooked was excellent this chicken dish she made was superb, along with the Spanish omelette she made I loved it

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wishe the university have more activities with the exchange students and its home university students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No problems with the healthcare

* Safety:

I did feel safe anytime I was to school and home

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

Being on your own, and traveling with friends was a wonderful experience

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 difficult, it's easy to spend money because you want to buy all the nice things

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I didn't keep track
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you have a good support system back home of people who you for sure know will send you money

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High school Spanish 2
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? I believe the study abroad office should give some beginner level lessons for when going out of the country

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Traveling
  • Food
  • History of the country
* What could be improved?
  • Interactions among the natives
  • Activities
  • More class options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? What I know now is that a second language is important and that I wish I had secured a few people to sponsor me financially while studying abroad

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Cross cultural psy

Course Department:
Instructor: Dr. M. Havey
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was chanllenging but if you showed interest and asked questions then you receive a goodgrade
Credit Transfer Issues: Currently I'm waiting for my grades to be out in the computer. Patience is a something a student has to equipped with