Reality check, learning expirence, incredibly fun, would do it again June 04, 2018

By (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) - abroad from 01/10/2018 to 04/27/2018 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 a lot about myself both as a person and academically. I matured and gained a lot of confidence in the time I was in Spain. I also improved on my academics and had some great professors. It was definately worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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

This program was a great expirence for myself and my peers. We had a lot of fun travelling and being in the cities of Alcala and Madrid. Our professors were great to us and we got to know a lot of them personally. I have been recommending this program since I've been back in hopes that more students have the same expirences as us.

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? ~$150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? To save money on food, eat your meals at home when you can.

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? Fluent
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? Intro to Hispanic Linguistics - Spanish 341
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Watch television shows or movies specific to that region or language both prior to and during your study abroad.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • My host family
  • My professors and instructors
  • Alcala and Madrid
* What could be improved?
  • More school activities
  • Option to join school's athletics
  • More guidence on things to do in the city.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about weekend trips and the best ways to travel around Europe.

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.