ISA - International Studies Abroad

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Program was very nice at first and I wanted to significantly impact my Arabic which has been off and on. Just a warning, any government employee or former government employee traveling to Jordan, beware as members of the program try to pry for information regarding your "experiences" and relay this information to ISA in Texas as apparently its "mandatory procedure". It would be a great experience for students without work in the government sector.

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Posted: October 11, 2011
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The program in Barcelona is huge. There were a lot of Americans, and I agree with the previous review that it was hard to interact with locals. I also felt like a tourist even though I was living with a family. I would have appreciated more support from the people working there. For the most part they were really nice, I injured myself and they escorted me to the hospital and helped translate what the doctor was saying. However, I wish they had checked in with me about how my homestay was going because it did not go very well.

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Posted: September 27, 2009
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6
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7
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6
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The program in Barcelona is huge and it is difficult to interact with and meet locals. I think difficulty in regards to meeting locals can be contributed to the homogenous nature of the Spanish people, at least in Barcelona. They experience increasing waves of tourist given the uniquness of the city and tend to keep to themselves. I traveled to Barcelona last semester through the ISA program and lived with a family during my program. The family was incredible and I learned more about the Spanish culture from them than I did interacting with lcoals on the streets or in nightclubs. The ISA staff was very helpful and provided invaluable information to help me establish myself in a foreign country, which tends to be tedious at first. I would recommend this program to anyone because regardless of how perceive the staff, living in a city like Barcelona while completing college courswork is an invaluable experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

ISA was okay. Compared to other programs, they helped out a lot in providing things like the Navigo pass to get around, information about good places to go, nice excursions, and decent homestays. However, I felt like a complete tourist while in France, despite the fact that I was living in a home stay for the entire month. There were no real opportunities to interact with other French people our age, and the people I interacted with and had opportunities to meet were mainly American.

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Posted: September 22, 2008
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5
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5
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8
By: Anonymous
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