An unforgettable Life changing experience! October 07, 2018

By (University of Arizona) - 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 gained more understanding of who I want to be as a person when I met new people in a new country. My life was completely altered for the better and I will always be grateful. It was absolutely worthwhile.

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?

Santiago and Antonia made my stay that much better and I already love spain so much! I just know my experience would not have been as great without them. They were so loving and helpful. I love and miss my spanish parents!!

* 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

If I could live in Madrid I would do that. But the reason I wouldn’t change it if I could do it over again was the people I met. My host family and the friends at made at the universidad de alcalá

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? $70
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat the food your family provides. I would have spent so much more money if I did not eat at home a lot. If there is something wrong with the food provided, have a conversation with them.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 352 i think
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? Listen when the locals correct you, it may seem harsh but it helps! Also ask any and all questions you have to teachers and host families because they are a lot of help!

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?

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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
  • New friends and adventures
  • Experiencing the culture
* What could be improved?
  • Location (closer to Madrid)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That is was going to be much colder than I anticipated

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.