Great, But Communication Issues Dampened Experience
Submitted by SpainIntern - University of Texas at Austin | July 26, 2017
CISabroad has an excellent and very dedicated staff. I have no doubt that they all do their best to provide health, safety, good housing, health resources, a fantastic work experience, cultural activities and more to all their students. I truly did have a great, well-rounded experience. However, communication amongst CIS (and their affiliates) staff was so disorganized that it had a negative impact on my experience, and many others from my school. Our CISabroad coordinator based in the US told us radically different things than we heard from the CISabroad staff in Spain, differing on everything from the internship placement timeline to housing arrangements. While on site, students' emailed concerns were more often than not forwarded to and from employee to employee, never quite reaching the right person in a timely manner and leading to many frustrations and mismanaged issues. Concerns from students should not accidentally go ignored simply because the staffing structure of the company is not firmly in place and communication is not streamlined.
My recommendation to CISabroad is to identify one person onsite to whom all issues may be sent or addressed for each school or program (a liaison), and then liaison should ensure that an issue gets to the correct person to handle it with a clear timeline for its resolution. The model CIS has of naming one employee for every general category ("housing," "health and safety," "internships") and relying on the students to contact the exact right person each time is clearly way too much for everyone to keep up with and has led to chaos.
The planned activities, spanish classes, cultural agendas, and housing arrangements were all very well-managed and of a high quality. Thank you.
Program: Intern in Barcelona
Best summer of my life!
Submitted by Jessica Sulkers - Long Island University (New York) | June 27, 2017
Greatest decision i have ever made, and Leah is the best site director! She is so welcoming and makes you feel like family. Prague is the best city and a great location to travel to other major cities in Europe on the weekend easily.
Summer in Hawaii
Submitted by AD - Framingham State University | April 25, 2017
Overall, the experience was great. I really enjoyed my 6 weeks there and the friends I made there. Forever friends! I do, however, feel that the overall experience was expensive. Don't get me wrong, I would't trade that experience for a thing! I just wish I knew how expensive this trip would have been- though I made it through with he money I had. The beaches were amazing - Waikiki is great if you can find the right spot to sit day after day. Lanikai beach is my favorite beach that I found on the island, as well as the north shore. It was so amazing to go from the city to the north shore and see how different the other side of the island was. The hikes and views are also so amazing here. Diamond Head, though very touristy, it a must see!!
Program: Summer in Hawaii
Once in a lifetime opportunity!
Submitted by Ashley L. - University of Massachusetts Amherst | April 25, 2017
I absolutely loved living in Edinburgh for the 4 months I was there! The city is magical with a beautiful castle right in the center of the city. There are many lovely cafes and bakeries to explore and try throughout the city, as well as over 700 different pubs to experience. The history of the city and all it's been through over the many years is very interesting to learn about and they are very passionate about their past. I loved the city's architecture and the new and old town parts of the city and how they are very different! The city itself is very charming and safe, with excellent and easy public transportation, which makes getting around a breeze!
My living situation was perfect, I lived with 7 other roommates but we all had our own room and bathroom which was great! The school was pretty small but was a great way to meet people!
CISabroad was a perfect program to go through because everyone was so helpful at home and abroad, always looking out for you and making sure everything was going smoothly. Jeanna, is the site director for this program and she is amazing, so nice and a wonderful tour guide! She was your mom away from home, always there for you when you needed some assistance!
Overall the city was an amazing place to be! Traveling outside of Scotland was easy too! 10/10 would recommend!
Program: Semester in Edinburgh
Semester at University of Westminster
Submitted by Lex - Hofstra University | April 24, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The Onsite Directors were resourceful, helpful, and super friendly. It was comforting to have them as I lived in this foreign city. The university has a great study abroad office as well, so they were available for any questions I had regarding academics. Speaking of, academically I remained on track. I even had thee chance to take a class geared towards study abroad students: Modern Art in London. 10/10 recommend.
I also had the freedom to explore and make new friends. My flatmates were all international and remain some of my best friends today (a year later!) I honestly fell in love with London and I could speak on it forever.
If you're considering this program, don't forget to mind the gap!