By (Dance and Media & Communications, Ursinus College) - abroad from 09/03/2012 to 12/20/2012 with

Universidad Veritas: San José - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The most happiness, positivity, and learning of my entire life. I would do it all over again if I could.

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Universidad VERITAS: San José - Direct Enrollment & Exchange 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

Very nice and always available!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?


* Food:

Very good and always plentiful!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very! Everyone is INCREDIBLY warm!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had to see a doctor twice and my program's insurance reimbursed me both times.

* Safety:

Be smart, travel in groups, don't be loud and dumb and you'll never ever have to worry.

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
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? None
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? Beginner 101
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? Always practice, learn to not be afraid- not fearing judgment is the only way to learn! And talk to everyone- taxi drivers are the best!! They're always friendly and love to practice!

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?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • The slower pace of life
  • The warm people
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That there is virtually NO way that anyone that goes abroad won't enjoy themselves.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.