Studying abroad in Spain changed my life. June 12, 2017

By (University of Dubuque) - abroad from 01/09/2017 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 became more independent, and learned a lot about myself. If you would like to know more about my time abroad, visit my blog at www.adventuresofaim10.wordpress.com

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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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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

I loved my time in Alcala and abroad. I loved the freedom the program gave me to travel on the weekends and to be able to enjoy my time away from the United States.

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? Anywhere from $100-$150 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take out bigger amounts of cash at the ATM and use that as opposed to swiping your card all the time.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 4.5 years of Spanish
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? If you plan to go to Spain, learn Spanish because they do not speak English like most other European countries do now.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The freedom it allowed me to travel
  • Making new friends
  • Experiencing new cultures and languages
* What could be improved?
  • Make sure students know before coming that they do need to know some Spanish, even if their classes are in English. It will help with the host families.
  • Maybe provide a few bigger trips on the weekends to somewhere outside of the Madrid area but still in Spain. So a trip to southern Spain or Barcelona or San Sebastian.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It goes by so quickly so try to live in the moment and absorb everything you can while you're there because you'll miss it when you're back home.

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.