An Unforgettable Experience Past Review

By (Spanish, SUNY - College at Brockport) for

UFV Madrid / Universidad Francisco de Vitoria: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. I learned a lot about the country as well as the people. I also improved my Spanish significantly. I made friends from all over Europe which is something I would not be able to do in the U.S.

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.

They have a fantastic Language and Culture Immersion Course which helped me a lot in the first few weeks. The staff and professors were very patient and willing to help all the time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There should be more organized activities hosted to connect local students with international ones.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I love food. Therefore, I had no problem having Spanish food everyday.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Many great field-trips and visits to museums. They definitely helped me with understanding the Spanish culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

People are out all the time. So it's not very dangerous at night, even at 2-3am. However, you still need to use common sense to protect yourself.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Study a lot

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • SUNY study abroad website
* What could be improved?
  • More arranged interaction with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You have to be open-minded and accept the cultural differences.