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June-July 2015 Study abroad experience
Submitted by Andy Elmeer - University of Wisconsin-Madison | March 23, 2017
It has been almost two years since my time abroad, and I still reminisce about various memories from my experience on an almost daily basis. I cannot stress how thankful I am for my decision to study abroad. Although I would advise students to study abroad longer than a month or two, this program is a phenomenal way to obtain a study abroad experience if it is not possible to spend a semester away. By living with host families, taking fascinating classes taught in Spanish, and living in the outskirts of Madrid, you can have an incredibly fulfilling study abroad experience in a short amount of time.
After living with a host family and taking classes taught in Spanish, you would be surprised at the amount of Spanish you learn – even after a month. I had taken many Spanish classes in high school, but due to my major, there was only room in my schedule to take one college-level Spanish class my freshman year. I studied abroad two years after that Spanish class, so I was nervous about having to communicate with a host family and even more nervous about taking classes in Spanish. However, my Spanish skills returned quickly and I enjoyed watching myself improve. It was a satisfying moment when I realized I was able to start having more in-depth conversations with my host family and other Spaniards because of my speaking abilities. There is something fulfilling about having conversations with people that otherwise could not have occurred if you did not learn their language. Because of memories like these, I would highly recommend studying in a country that speaks a foreign language.
I also gained a deep appreciation for Spanish culture and its history. In my classes, we learned about a multitude of historical events and the famous pieces of art that were created in response. The incredible thing was that, right after learning about these important events and artworks, I could take a train into Madrid to visit landmarks where these historical events happened and to see the art in person, at the Prado or Reina Sophia, that was just discussed in class. Being able to go physically see what we had just learned about gave me an appreciation for Spanish art and history that would be nearly impossible to obtain from learning about the same topics in the United States.
The last part of the program I want to mention is that it also allows students to travel. Classes are only Monday through Thursday, and therefore, students can have 3-day weekends to explore other parts of Spain, or Europe. Madrid is a 35-minute train ride away and you can easily find a bus, high-speed train, or plane to wherever you desire.
This program truly is great for learning about and living in the Spanish culture, as well as improving your Spanish in a relatively short amount of time. Because of those opportunities, in addition to numerous other travel and social memories, I could not be more grateful for my time abroad with this program.
Submitted by Tli - University of Illinois at Chicago | February 17, 2017
Great experience studying for one semester in Taipei Taiwan at NCCU with the CIEE-Taipei program. The students, locals, and were super friendly and patient with my bad Chinese speaking. NCCU offered many student-run excursions to experience local culture and customs. I met many local and international students during the excursions. The dorm in which I stayed in up hill which can be inconvenient for some but the scenery makes up for that. Wishing everyone a pleasant stay in Taiwan when the chance comes.
Tropical ecology and conservation
Submitted by Greta Garland - Denison University | February 17, 2017
This was one of the best experiences of my life and I would trade it for nothing. You are totally emerged in nature and living in wilderness. The academics are demanding and there is a lot of studying that goes on.
Submitted by MTVkitty - CU Boulder | February 16, 2017
This program focused on policy. It was exactly what I had hoped for and the experience life changing. The program sheaf were wonderful and supportive as well as knowledgeable. Their passion for what they do is evident. Because of Costa Rica, I found my direction. The people and culture were amazing!
Everywhere is as safe as you make it
Submitted by Tiana Danforth - St. Catherine University | February 16, 2017
Everyone was concerned about me going to Brazil during the hectic time of the Olympics, a controversial overturning and impeachment of the president, and in the midst of a medical scare from mosquitoes. All of these experiences lead to great opportunities to learn the truth about the country I was living in for half a year. However, I was never negatively affected by any of these events as everyone was so afraid I would be. I got bit by mosquitoes, kept aware of my important items at all times, and even went out at night, and returned home with my same phone, great health just like everyone else in the city. But I did return home with a heart that expanded 10 fold because of all of the wonderful people I met, a mind that was even more open than before I came. I saw amazing sights, ate great food, and learned what the term "saudades" really meant. If people are still living in the country, despite the horrible conditions media likes to portray, then the country is probably still livable, and you will have a great time if you make it that way by being alert and accepting.