España - la historia, la literatura, la novia y los viajecitos Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 01/10/2013 to 05/17/2013 with

Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid: Madrid - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
way too much to write in this box. great experience

Review Photos

Exchange: Madrid - Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) De Madrid Photo

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?

I went apartment hunting...made poor choices in apartments.

* Food:

Spanish food <3

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

speaking the language helps :)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no health issues to speak of

* Safety:

no problems

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)

madrid is an expensive place

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? a way of estimating that
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? avoid taxis when you botellon before you go out and eat at tapas bars or 100 montaditos


* 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

all my classes were in spanish

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
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? Upper level Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? make Spanish friends...don't hang out too much with the other study abroad kids

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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 food
  • the people
  • the knowledge i gained
* What could be improved?
  • more prep regarding housing
  • perhaps taking care of some things together "pre-trip" like a bank acct
  • umm...
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to find a decent apartment

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!