Spain

Forum Nexus

Forum-Nexus was the best decision I have ever made. This program is so unique in that there is something for everyone. There are courses available for all majors, and there are destinations that will captivate everyone’s tastes. Whether you are a lover of the busy city streets or a quiet small town in the mountains, you will see it all. I gained so much international experience as well as such an appreciation for cultural differences. The classes were interesting, relevant, and put me ahead on my track to graduation. The staff members are so intelligent, fun, and help make you feel safe / comfortable transitioning into an international setting. There is so much time to balance social activities with studies. I was able to explore the night life in each town, go on independent excursions, and bond with other students in the program. I left this trip with an entire new network of best friends (many of which I still keep in daily contact with) and I feel more excited than ever to continue traveling and expanding my cultural intelligence. There are scholarships available so take advantage of them and go abroad with Forum Nexus! You will not regret it.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jan 26, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

This experience was very life changing. I met one of my best friends while abroad, learned Spanish, and got to see beautiful architecture and beaches. This experience made me change my minor from business to Spanish. It also has inspired me to want to study abroad again, but for a longer time period next time. I am so thankful for Sol Education Abraod for allowing me to have an unforgettable summer.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jan 16, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Don Quijote

I enrolled both my children in the Don Quijote Summer Spanish program held in Barcelona. This program is affiliated with Enforex, and once you are at the school it is Enforex that is there.

To begin with this is a very expensive course and I do believe you can find better run classes for a lot less money.

My kids were 13 years old and 16 years old. There is a lot of free time and the few organized games/activities were too young for early teens. The older teenagers had the option to leave the camp, so free trip was more enjoyable for them.

The students are mixed in the other students that are there to learn English, so if your goal is to be emersed in Spanish, that didn't happen. Everyone was speaking English.

My biggest complain was in the sanitary conditions of the camp. While my children attended there was a flu epidemic, over 30 students were ill plus some of the staff. Unfortunately my son was one of the ones that fell ill.

As a parent, I would NEVER recommend this camp to another family. The treatment my son received would be grounds for the facility to be shut down in the US.

Both my kids learned more Spanish during the time we spend traveling through Spain, than in the camp classroom. Save your money and go visit the beautiful smaller towns in Spain and practice your Spanish there.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Dec 1, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Intrax Study Abroad and AYUSA Study Abroad

I did this program when I was in high school about 9 years ago now I was placed in Barcelona with a host mother and her daughter. I was placed in an abusive home for a year I tried to leave the home and be placed with a different host family the host family convinced the program that I just needed to adapt better and they became even more abusive after I tried to leave. the program did not listen to my requests to be placed in a different home and insisted that I adapt to the living situation. I suffered trauma that I will never forget. All because the host mom said she would be sad if I left. The program representative never spoke to me one-on-one she always spoke to me in front of my host mother which was very uncomfortable and did not allow me to say everything that was happening. In addition to this I was also placed in a home where they smoked cigarettes indoors with all the windows closed everyday all day and night even though I had requested a home that was non-smoking. This program is very unorganized and unprofessional and even dangerous for those who participate especially for young high school children I do not recommend this program for minors

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Do not apply with International Volunteer NQ: they will keep asking for more money,
4 or 5 times more the registration fee!
There are a lot of free organization!

Program:
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 3, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Sol Education Abroad

I participated in a five week program in Granada, Spain. The program was well organized and the directors were extremely helpful. They were ready to answer any questions and concerns at all hour of the day. The transition into this new culture and place was very easy because they provided me with the tools and information to help me succeed. The university was in the center of the city and was full of helpful and intelligent professors. I loved that my program was full of activities and excursions every single day. They weren't required, but I didn't miss a single activity because they were always fun and exciting. I also have to give them an A+ on helping me immerse into a new culture and learn a lot about the rich history of Granada.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jul 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Council on International Educational Exchange

This turned out to be an almost complete waste of money. The program coordinator made rules that were never listed in the pre-program information. He did not allow the kids to be out without the host parents. This led to hours and hours (11) spent in the apartment when there was no school and the parents had to work. When I contacted CIEE they claimed they had spoken with him and fixed the situation. This turned out to be false.

The host parents didn't want to break the rules and get in trouble with the program. My daughter didn't want to break the rules and risk getting sent home. About 25% of her time in Spain was robbed from her, of course CIEE has not offered to give back 25% of the money. If I had felt she couldn't be independent in Spain, I never would have sent her.

I even sent them a copy of their own paperwork that we had to sign stating the student must keep host parents informed of his/her whereabouts at all time.

Just very disappointing for a quarter of this program being spent as a prisoner and being treated as a toddler.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 24, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Frontier

Had a great time during my 4 weeks in Tenerife with Frontier. I was expecting much more basic accomodation, but it was a nice surprise. A big villa with en-suite showers, wifi, a private courtyard and in a sleepy, safe area.

The main part of the project work is going out on the whale watching boats and monitoring whale and dolphin sighting locations and numbers. We also work with the tourists on the boat to promote responsible cetacean watching.

It's a fun project in a great location with lots to do outside the project activities if you want to. You can also get flights really cheap - £100 return or less if you shop around. Recommended!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

tenerife whale an dolphin these people take money off you and send you to unclean unsafe accommodation when you complain they tell you that you dont have to be here when asking for refund you get nothing they ignore you and do nothing about it these people do not care on bit about putting 2 young girls in a unsafe area for 2 weeks not even an offer of half the money back they didnt even stay for one night

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 19, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Academic Studies Abroad

I studied abroad Spring semester of 2016 and it was a huge waste of my time and money. ASA placed me in a home where hot water was not readily available, the toilet could only be flushed 1 time a day (and 4 people shared this bathroom), the host offered her extra room to male truck drivers who we girls had to share the restroom/shower with, there was no central air or heat throughout the apartment and there was no access to a washer or dryer. I tried addressing my problems with the site coordinator and ASA director and they blamed my circumstance on possible "cultural shock." This was not the case as I had friends that loved their hosts and did not have ANY of the problems I was experiencing. I felt as if I was studying abroad in a third world country - not Spain! I ended up spending double of what I expected because the food that hosts provided was minimal and lacked substance, so I spent the majority of my funds on eating out in restaurants (and tapas are cheap so that should tell you something). I also did not feel immersed in the culture which was the main reason I chose to study abroad. SO I WARN YOU - DO NOT STUDY WITH THIS PROGRAM.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 7, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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