An Eye Awakening Experience Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., University of California - Merced) - abroad from 06/26/2012 to 07/26/2012 with

University of California - Davis: Madrid - Spanish Language & Internships in Spain

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of knowledge on how to view other people's culture. This experience made me realize that there is so much more to see than just California. It made me want to learn about other cultures and share my experience with others so they can also explore the world. I would not change anything I did while abroad because every single thing was definitely worth it! If I had the opportunity I would do it all over again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The instructor provided me with all of the resources I needed to pass the class. Everything I was learning in the class was being put to use when we would go on field trips, which made my experience even better.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought the on-site administration of my program was outstanding given I could wake up and go to class in the same building. The people that worked there where nothing but helpful and nurturing to us. The professor and other workers always catered to our needs at any time of the day.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I personally liked staying in the dorms with another student. I didn't have to worry about disrupting people or breaking any house rules that I might have experienced if I lived elsewhere.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I absolutely enjoyed the culture in Spain. It's all about how willing you are to learn about another culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The professor was very clear about healthcare in the program. She constantly kept reminding us about all of the benefit we had if we got hurt or sick.

* Safety:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Course material
  • Professor
  • Students
* What could be improved?
  • Program Length
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure to communicate with others in the program if you don't want to travel alone, if you want to make plans after the program ends, or during the program. This would allow you to explore the area with other in the program and have a different experience other than traveling in a group.

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.