A Splendid Santiago Summer! Past Review

By (Chemistry., Loras College) - abroad from 06/01/2013 to 07/12/2013 with

Universidad De Santiago de Compostela: Santiago de Compostela - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much Spanish and gained so many friends from Canada, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and more! It was definitely worthwhile to push myself outside my comfort zone and experience a new culture!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The course was challenging enough, so I learned a lot but it wasn't overwhelming!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living with my Spanish family. They were really nice and my Spanish definitely improved as I talked to them.

* Food:

I cooked my own food but I really liked the arrangement!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Santiago was the perfect place to immerse yourself. The only problem with the summer program is that a lot of Spanish students are gone.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had any health issues.

* Safety:

I felt safe in Santiago all the time!

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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you plan to travel away on the weekend, I would recommend choosing the board option where you stay with a host family but cook your own food.


* 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? Beginner
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? College 300 level
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
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?
  • The Professors
  • The other Students
  • the lessons
* What could be improved?
  • the afternoon talleres
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how easy it was to travel to surrounding cities on the weekends!