Gabrielle C Doue, Spring 2018 Participant
I learned first and foremost that you may think you know a foreign language well until you go to live in their country for six months. Basically, be prepared to be nervous, embarrassed and corrected by native speakers! That is simply something that comes with learning a second language, and the most effective way to learn, in my opinion. Furthermore, you should not assume that because you are an exchange student that your professors will go easy on you. Don't be a lazy student! You are here primarily to learn, so you should treat these courses as you would any other course at KU. Most importantly, I learned that studying other languages and cultures is a lifetime goal that requires dedication and hard work - but is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences you can incorporate into your life. There is always more to learn.
Wynne Claudette Ebner, Early Start Spring 2018 Participant
Taking classes in Spanish with Costa Rican students was challenging but also extremely rewarding. The professors were for the most part very understanding and helpful and it was interesting to work in groups with the other students.
Amanda P Reggeti, Early Start Spring 2017 Participant
I felt that the language and cultural immersion elements of this program were very rewarding because they pushed me to step out of my comfort zone. I learned so much about the culture and language, as well as myself through my classes at the Universidad de Costa Rica. It was challenging at the beginning, but I ended up making many friends from my classes, getting really close to my host family, and my Spanish improved a lot because of these elements.