Early Start Fall 2013 Participant
The most rewarding element was the language acquisition. Going into the study abroad program I knew a decent amount of Spanish, but I generally lacked fluidity and confidence in my speaking. The program allowed me to practice my Spanish skills in an environment where I could receive help and learn from my peers and family.
Lydia Rose Vogt, Fall 2016 Participant
My favorite part of the Costa Rica study abroad program was meeting people from both Costa Rica and from countries all around the world and getting to know them in an academic and non-academic environment. I met people from Germany, Finland, Nicaragua, Mexico, France and many more countries and have made friendships and connections that are meaningful which I will benefit from in the future.
Seth Michael Brooks, Early Start Spring 2013 Participant
The moment when I realized I could now joke with native speakers was a very rewarding one. I realize now I can connect with Spanish speakers in a way I couldn't before. Also, from all of my short trips that I took and planned, I now feel a new confidence as a traveler. I feel like I could plan a backpacking trip in any part of the world, with the skills I acquired.