Adelante Abroad Programs
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Adelante Abroad offers a six-week Observational Research Program to students who want to earn credit for 240 hours of research assignment for each internship sector in Scotland....
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Language acquisition and cultural immersion are always at the forefront of Adelante Abroad's programs. In Seville, Spain, students are sure to develop their Spanish language,...
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Adelante Abroad Reviews
Consider this program!!!
Submitted by Kathryn - Cal State LA | April 15, 2017
I want to start by saying that I was originally going with their program but I will not be due to my university's miscommunication and the short amount of time I had. BUT I can say that this was the most affordable program I found and, trust me, I looked. Like, I looked EVERYWHERE. Also, the director of the Adelante Spain Program is SO HELPFUL!!!! Whether you're going through Adelante or not, I think she is amazing and can give you the best insight about solo-travel abroad and traveling abroad for the first time. I will not be doing an internship with Adelante, but I will be attending their partnering school that their candidates go through for the first 2 weeks, so essentially I will get to hear about their experiences as well. I hope to give an update when I return and include Adelante candidates perspective!
Program: Adelante Abroad Summer Programs
Adelante Abroad responded to this review April 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM
Thank you so much for the kind note, Kathryn. Enjoy your time in Madrid taking intensive Spanish language classes. You will love our partner school! In the future, when you have more time to go abroad, we look forward to placing you in one of our internship programs, where, along with language skills, you will also add relevant international work experience on your resume. We're here whenever you're ready. See you soon!
A great experience
Submitted by Sam - University of British Columbia | April 01, 2017
I had an awesome time with Adelante! This was my first time in Europe and they definitely helped me to have a great time. I decided to take a year off school for personal reasons, so I signed up for Adelante to stay in Madrid for six months and it was a blast. All the staff that I talked to were super helpful, both while I was applying and during my stay. The housing was awesome. The apartment itself was just fine, but the location was amazing. I was living right in the center of the city, which was incredible, there was so much to do nearby (Adelante has several locations in Madrid, so you may not get this location depending on how far in advance you apply). It was also really nice having roommates, as they were some of my best friends while I was there. I found the language classes offered in the program to be pretty helpful. I continued to take classes while I was there, just not at the same school that works with Adelante, as their prices are a bit high.
The internship, while not the highlight of my stay, was definitely interesting and helpful. I worked for a financial consulting company that analyzed the US stock market. I didn't know anything about the market before I came, but working in the office for 6 months definitely helped me pick up a few things, although I would have liked to learn more.
All in all, I highly recommend Adelante. I personally feel that living abroad is an experience that everyone should have, and Adelante is a pretty awesome way to do just that.
JUST DO IT!!!!
Submitted by Whitney - Northeastern | January 23, 2017
Absolutely the experience of a lifetime!!! I was terrified before I left and almost bailed because of my anxiety about going somewhere totally new where I wouldn't know anyone coupled with some Visa issues. But the staff (and my Dad) were voices of reason and got me set to leave. And basically from the moment I arrived- everything was great.
I highly recommend living in the housing with other Adelante/international students in Madrid. Definitely some of my best friends were my roommates, but also there is so much going on in Madrid all you have to do is take the initiative to walk outside and you'll meet the greatest people! It's right in the center of the city by so many bars/shops/clubs/transportation hubs/gyms/etc etc etc. Some of the appliances are pretty old and sometimes don't work great (ie microwave, washer, etc), but it's well furnished and equipped with pots/pans which is great. The language school classes before the internship were definitely helpful as a kind of adjustment period.
My one complaint is I wish I knew more about my actual internship position before I actually started. I only found out maybe a few weeks before I started what company I was even working for, and even so really was not prepared for the type of work I would be doing. Adelante stresses business casual attire until otherwise noted by supervisor, so I came to Spain with that wardrobe in mind only to find out I needed primarily swim and athletic wear. That being said my co-workers were extremely patient with my Spanish (my bosses did not speak English- another thing I was unaware of before showing up for my first day) and I really loved going in everyday to work with the autistic kids.
After arriving home, all I want to do is go back and my Dad likes to remind and tease me about how I didn't want to go and thought I would be happier just doing a regular semester in Boston because the semester abroad was really the greatest one of my life. So JUST DO IT (you're aloud to be scared- but take that leap).
Adelante Abroad responded to this review January 26, 2017 at 2:56 PM
Whitney! Thanks so much for the rave review, the photos, too, and whenever you are ready to "Just Do It" again, we would love to have you back. Alumni receive a discount, don't forget:) Touching on your comment about knowing more initially about your international internship: yes, candidates receive their contracted internship confirmation about 4 weeks / one month prior to their program start date. In this document or contract, there is a company website, job description
Definitely worth it!
Submitted by Shayan - Orange Coast | December 16, 2016
I was very hesitant to do a program like this but I am so happy I did! From the beginning, the Adelante staff was nothing but helpful. I had over a million questions and I am pretty sure I emailed Jeramee about 5 times a day and she replied every single time. They keep you updated (and calm) while you're in the states and continuously check in while you're abroad. The staff in Madrid is awesome as well and will always help if you need anything. For the first two weeks you're in language classes for about 4 hours a day which may seem long but they are necessary. I was slightly annoyed because I thought I wouldn't need two weeks of Spanish classes considering I took Spanish for 3 years but I definitely needed them. The teachers are great and the classes improve your Spanish, I wish I could have taken them the entire time I was here. The only critique I have is the housing situation. For me, I was only there for 6 weeks so I sucked up and dealt with it but others have been here for months at a time and it's not really fair. The room wasn't entirely clean when I arrived and the bathroom was dirty and had a few bugs so a flat mate and I had to clean it. Also it says there's a maid but there isn't so don't expect new sheets or someone cleaning the floors, it's all you. But that has nothing to with program, it's the people running the school. However, the apartment is located in the heart of Sol so you're close to everything: food, shops, metro, school and entertainment. It's also pretty easy to make friends because most people are doing this program alone. I made friends that I know I'll have for a lifetime. And as for the best part of my experience: the internship. I would NEVER have been able to get an internship like the one I have here in America. I was able to get hands on experience, work with an amazing foundation and meet the kindest people. I know I'll still remain in contact with them in the future.
Overall, I highly recommend this program. The staff, the location, the experience, it's all worth it. I feel like I grew a lot as a person through this program and learned from talented professionals. The other nice thing about this intern abroad program is you're not working all day everyday so you have plenty of time to explore the city as well as other cities which I recommend as well. If you want to do something for yourself that will benefit your professional, academic and personal life, this is the program for you.
Adelante Abroad responded to this review December 20, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Hola Shayan! Thank you, thank you for your positive overview and detailed review, your comments are so helpful. I wish we could have known from the get go about the misses by the cleaning service. During our regular check-in's with you, you didn't mention it so hearing about it now is a surprise and we are so sorry about that! And yes, our Director has several Adelante apartments in Madrid to oversee, with the cleaning service scheduled once a week - sheets too are cleaned every two weeks, is the norm. We will definitely make sure to triple check that apartment's service moving forward as well as ask our candidates to let us know, too. Good luck in all future endeavors and thank you again. Team Adelante
Submitted by Gabrielle - - | November 29, 2016
I interned in Sevilla for 3 months in a school working with kids suffering from severe mental disabilities. It was an amazing experience, I learned so much. Sevilla is a great city with so much history and beauty. I also had the opportunity to travel around Europe because I had 3 days off a week, it was perfect! My living situation was great - living with an awesome Spanish woman. I got to practice my Spanish with her every day and it really helped. The Adelante and Sige team was incredible, especially Catherine who helped me whenever I needed something. Overall this was an invaluable experience and i would do it all over again in a heartbeat.