A great international experience in Spain Past Review

By (Business, Bethel University) - abroad from 01/16/2015 to 05/01/2015 with

UW-Platteville Education Abroad at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education (SAIIE)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a new experience on life and the cultures of other people. It was well worth my time and I would love to do it again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great academic experience for a study abroad program. It was rigorous and intense for some parts. Other than that, the program offered classes that related to my major and I was able to earn credits.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great administration because everything was in a central location where resources was abundant.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living situation was hard to begin with because I wasn't used to the small space but what made it great was the host family and that they took care of your meals.

* Food:

There are so much good food to eat and places to go for food. I enjoyed emursing myself into the culture by trying the food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was hard because I didn't know any Spanish, but was welcomed by the people. That made it easier to connect to the people and learn more about the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was very important, they took care of you if you needed to visit the hospital and took care of you.

* Safety:

I never had any problem with safety because everything was provided for and taken care of in terms of how to better manage yourself to keep yourself safe

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $50 euros a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Work hard so that you can save up. Try to minimize your consumption and save it up for experiences in the future


* 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

The Spanish course provided was taught in Spanish and the instructor only spoke Spanish. They wanted you to emurse yourself into the culture

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? Spanish 3
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? Try to learn a new word a day and listen to your instructor

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The people
  • the staff
  • the trips
* What could be improved?
  • The trips
  • the tours
  • the activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A little more Spanish. What the culture and people were like. How to better prepare myself.