Guanajuato - Spanish Language and Mexican Culture Past Review

By (Biology, Rice University) for

Universidad de Guanajuato: Guanajuato - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad time was very worthwhile. It reminded me that there is a bgiger world than the Rice campus and gave me more confidence in my future plans.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University Guanajuato
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It wasn't very challenging but the professors were great and enthusiastic.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were helpful without impeding on our independence.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was as nice as my housing in the United States with my own room, shower, internet and great food. <br /><br /> It was as nice as my housing in the United States with my own room, shower, internet and great food. My host family was wonderful.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The city was beautiful and fun. Everyone I met was very friendly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I was healthy and felt safe.

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


* 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? around $40 a week but I went out a lot.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spend how you would like.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Span 301
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Between the homestay and my participation in the ELAP program my Spanish improved tremendously.

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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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it! It was a great program, the city is beautiful and I couldn't have had a better study abroad experience.