Feels like home Past Review

By (Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education, The College of William and Mary) - abroad from 02/15/2012 to 07/15/2012 with

William & Mary: La Plata - Universidad Nacional de La Plata

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My language fluency improved so much; I learned a lot about myself as a person and I gained so much knowledge from the friends I made. It was the best experience of my life.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* 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? Maybe $20, I didn't eat out much or do a lot of frivolous spending except for big excursions.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take out large quantities of money from the ATM to cut back on fees!


* 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? Intermediate
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? 300 level courses
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? Watch tv shows in that language with subtitles to help with comprehension and to become more comfortable with the rate of speech, listen to music in the target language and, when abroad, don't speak English!!!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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 people
  • The culture
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • The timing of the internship
  • Some of the courses
  • The timing of some of the excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I was going to love it so much! I would have stayed another semester!