A City of Culture, Entertainment, and History Past Review

By (Economics And Finance, Bentley University) - abroad from 01/07/2013 to 04/11/2013 with

Universidad de Pompeu Fabra (UPF): Barcelona - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Lot of responsibility improvement Social skills Budgeting 100% worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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:

Barcelona has a lot of pick-pocketers, be careful with all your belongings and don't keep anything in you back pockets.

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? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? By the under 25 metro pass (3 months) You can do homestay which may save you money, but since I was vegetarian and Spanish food is mostly meat, I didn't want to take a chance Book flights and other events early - when you see a deal, book it, don't wait for it to get cheaper, because tickets will sell out


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? MLSP 402 (history of Spain)
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? Don't speak English when you are asking questions, always try to talk in Spanish

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Lifestyle in Spain
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • Classes to be taken with more local stuents
  • More information on expenses in Spain
  • Later classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be careless and always know where your things are. Try to always be with someone if you are walking home or out alone at night.

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.