Sol Education Abroad Participant Reviews
A native abroad
Submitted by Hunter Goan - Eckerd College | February 18, 2018
Living and Studying in Oaxaca, Mexico was a great way for me to connect with another culture while simultaneously reconnecting with my own. Not only did I perfect my Spanish, I also had the opportunity to learn Zapoteco and study the history of indigenous peoples throughout Mexico and the Southwestern United States. As a person of half Navajo descent, I saw many similarities between Oaxacan culture and my own. Even the indigenous languages like Zapoteco, Mixteco, and Nahuatl all seemed to have a connection to my mother's first language. My host family helped me a lot throughout my stay, and I have already re-visited them, and plan on visiting again soon.
SOL Education Abroad- Hereida, Costa Rica
Submitted by rngriesemer - Missouri State University | February 17, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my semester abroad in Costa Rica with SOL. We had cultural activities every week, along with included program excursions about every three weeks. Our directors always pushed us to speak Spanish around each other if we wanted to become fluent by the end of the semester. Living with my host family was one of my favorite parts about being abroad. Having a place to call home with a host mom who genuinely cared about my well-being was so comforting, and not to mention, the home-cooked meals were amazing! I became so independent and confident in just one semester- if you are thinking about studying abroad, stop thinking and just do it!!
Submitted by Nick - Western Carolina University | February 10, 2018
I had a wonderful experience with the Sol Program. I learned much more than I expected and made many new friends. I can't really think of anything that was negative about my time in abroad and everyone in the program was more than helpful.
Submitted by ah973358 - West Texas A&M | January 31, 2018
I had a great time during my semester abroad, the classes were challenging but manageable so I had plenty of time to immerse myself in the culture. I would recommend this program to anyone, it's a must.
BEST TIME OF MY LIFE
Submitted by George Alviter - The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina | January 31, 2018
This is honestly the best program out there for studying abroad. I recommend Oaxaca, Mexico because of several reasons: Mexico is the United states neighbor (there fore it is very relevant to study abroad there and get to know the culture, regardless of what the current president thinks).Sol education is cheap(er) than other programs. You the best bang for your buck; including housing, excursions, food and classes. The program is very easy to work with and offers you actual Spanish classes that will transfer over to your college without a problem. Mexico is beautiful, enormous and very historical and the education you will get is very prestigious. Do not let the fear that is portrayed in the news sway you from choosing this program.
You'll want to go for two sessions
Submitted by JamesTracy027 - University of California, Riverside | January 26, 2018
I made the mistake of only taking on class session during my SOL education. The three weeks I spent were fantastic, yo aprendí mucho español, I made fast friends with my peers, the instructors were very nice, I learned how to operate in a foreign city (from haggling to buying school supplies), every day was great. The only thing I regret is not staying longer.
Amazing program! definitely recommend
Submitted by JT Ford - Texas A&M University | January 26, 2018
I loved Mexico! My Spanish is a lot better I came in barely being able to under stand and now I am conversational! Great community! Great people! Everyone in Mexico is so nice! The professors are amazing!
Submitted by Jo Simpson - The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh | January 23, 2018
Studying abroad is all about adventure, learning, and becoming worldly. As long as you are traveling and exploring a new place in the world, you can not chose incorrectly. Have an open mind. Don't be afraid to try new foods, a different cultural activity and stop outside of your comfort zone.
I don't consider myself emotional but leaving Oaxaca was pretty sad!
Submitted by Valeria Santillan - San Diego State University | January 20, 2018
SOL education gave me more than I expected. I enjoyed every minute of this trip, I didn't want it to end. I learned so much about the Spanish culture in three weeks! I love everything the program planned and I currently miss my host mom. I loved their food and home environment. It is worth every penny!
Studying abroad in Granada
Submitted by Diana - Xavier University | January 19, 2018
It was an amazing experience to be able to live and study in Granada. Granada is a beautiful city with so much history and so many beautiful places to visit. My whole study abroad experience was incredible!