Great experience. Amazing culture, life style, and people. Past Review

By (Linguistics., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/22/2014 to 09/22/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself, about the culture, and about people.

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.

Classes are good. Teachers will help you if needed but the fact that grades are only based on one final is not so good. It doesn't really shows how much you know.(that is in some classes not all)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administrator in Spain is already. Didn't really give any advices or care about much about the classes being counted on your major or not.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved it!! It was a great location. I found this woman that rented 3 rooms and she is super nice. Without having to pay for a host mom, she became one. If you need a place to stay definitely contact me I can get you in touch with her, its cheaper and you will get a family experience but without rules or explanations.

* Food:

I wasn't much into the Spaniard food. However, sangria is delicious and the bread with tomato really good too.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It is very safe. At least where I staid which is near downtown. I would leave a club 4 am - 8am and walk by myself and I would feel completely safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

It was the same as living in Austin. Actually, I would say it was cheaper


* 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

They didn't encourage anyone but it was kinda like a must specially if you were taking the courses in spanish

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • lifestyle
  • culture
  • country
* What could be improved?
  • Transferable classes process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That some of the classes on website of the exchange program have change or been removed and that it also depends on the department because if the class is in another department you won't be able to take the course.

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.