Sol Education Abroad (University Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion Programs)

Sol Education Abroad

About

Sol Education Abroad (SOL) provides affordable study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. Sol Education Abroad prides itself in providing hands-on service to ensure an enriching experience abroad. It’s this unique approach that makes SOL both a leader and innovator in university study abroad programs.

Founded
2005
Headquarters

503 Oakland Ave.
Austin, TX 78703
United States

Scholarships

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We want to give back to every single community our students come from and make study abroad available to students that want to better their Spanish language skills and have a desire to learn and explore other cultures.

Value
$100 - $750

Reviews

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Claire
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved my time spent abroad with sol. Learned so much Spanish while also making new friends and participating in amazing weekend trips and day plans. My moma tica loved me like her own child, asking me questions, preparing me food that I liked, and always helping me improve my Spanish. My favorite weekend trip we got to go white water rafting. The rapids were amazing, and made for an exciting ride. We also got to go zip lining over the canopy, swimming in Manuel Antonio beach, and hike a waterfall. While they were all amazing, I loved seeing the wildlife. One day we took a trip to the Toucan Rescue Ranch and they showed us all the amazing animals they take care of and hope to release back into the wild. We got to see sloths, monkey, otters, and even some cool looking owls. Overall the trip was amazing

What would you improve about this program?
having the Sol program directors help us more the first couple of days.
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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Heredia, Costa Rica was abosolutely amazing. I went through SOL Education Abroad. While I was there in Costa Rica for three weeks, I was able to stay with a host family to connect with their ways of life and learn the language with other people from the United States. During our trip, we were able to talk with our host families, take classes in Spanish at the local university, visit historical sites, go to the beach, zip lining, and much more. SOL Education Abroad was so organized in helping me get through the early stages process, during the program, and after the program as well. Everyone from the program sets up many activities to keep you busy. Another thing I really liked is that everyone in the program was really nice and friendly. They weren't afraid to help you with anything you may be confused on. I highly reccomend SOL to anyone interested in learning more Spanish or if they would like to learn more about Hispanic and Latino culture.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking thing was culture shock. When I first got to Costa Rica I was very excited but also a bit uncomfortable because I was unfamiliar with the country, culture, customs, language, and people. But overtime I was able to improve my Spanish skills and slowly adapt to the Costa Rican way of life. I started talking to more people in Spanish and really trying to put myself in uncomfortable situations even if it meant my Spanish would be embarassed. If it was easy then everyone would be doing it. It may take time, but anybody can overcome culture shock if they are willing to invest in the time it takes to learn about another country different from theirs.
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Lena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My overall educational experience with Sol Education Abroad was great! The institution that I attended abroad was very welcoming and provided me with all of the resources that I needed. I learned a lot in my classes and the instructors were very helpful and patient. The on-site administrators for Sol Education Abroad were great! They were very helpful and accommodating and were always there if I needed anything or had any questions. The program schedule was organized well and the administrators made sure that everything went smoothly. I really enjoyed my living arrangements while studying abroad with Sol Education Abroad. Sol arranged for me to live with a host family and my host family was very welcoming and accommodating and I felt very comfortable throughout my stay. The host family that Sol Education Abroad arranged for me to stay with provided me with meals and always made sure that I was not hungry and that I was enjoying the food that they made for me. My host family arrangement as well as the on-site program administrators for Sol Education Abroad definitely helped me to feel more integrated with the local culture. They gave us a comprehensive guide to understanding the local culture, getting around the city, and important things to know when in public.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Familiarize yourself with the city of Buenos Aires and the history of Argentina before arriving.
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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sol Education provided the perfect foundation for me to study abroad! I had the best host mom, the best community around me, and the best directors. All these things combined made for the perfect setting to improve my Spanish. It truly got so much better over the course of a month and I attribute that to the foundation that Sol provided. Hard work and desire was also involved, but Sol made it so easy to have that passion to learn Spanish when you love the environment around you! The best thing about Sol is that there are often 2-3 activities per week. And that is really great because it gets you involved in the culture as well as involves you with your peers. It gives one a chance to get to know everyone in their program and I found that awesome because due to that, I met so many incredible people!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Put yourself out there wherever you can. Attend as many language exchanges, talk to as many people, and go to as many places as possible. Only by truly trying, failing, and learning from your mistakes do you improve your Spanish.
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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved Sol and Granada both so much. I wish i could have stayed longer. I really enjoyed the weekend excursions the program had planned for us but I also liked the free weekends we were given to do just anything we wanted to do. TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL while you can. While you're in Europe there are so many fun (and cheap when compared to the prices in the US) destinations that are right at your fingertips. I wish the program would have had bigger destinations for a weekend excursion (which I am pretty sure they had if I had stayed longer) but I think going to Sevilla, Portugal, or Morocco would have been so cool. I will for sure be recommending this program to others at my school and others in my program. I am so happy that I went out of my comfort zone and studied abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring multiple pairs of comfy shoes to wear because there is so much walking compared to the US.
TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL while you can. While you're in Europe there are so many fun (and cheap when compared to the prices in the US) destinations that are right at your fingertips.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alejandro Armenteros

Job Title
Onsite Director Spain
Alejandro is a bookworm above all. He has wide experience in going abroad (US, UK, Denmark, Germany, France) as an exchange student and loves working to open that possibility for others now.
Alejandro Armenteros

What is your favorite travel memory?

My cycling to Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage city for centuries that lies in the northwest of Spain. It took me two weeks to cover the 1200 kms. distance from home to the Plaza del Obradoiro (the finish line), and in the meantime I rediscovered my own country while riding north. It resolved the question of whether I should stay in Spain or find work somewhere else.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for Sol Education Abroad has allowed me to get involved with young people again. Without any doubt, that posed many challenges, for grown ups fall behind the new technologies and freshest approaches to life of the youth quite easily. Meeting that challenge and keeping up to the expectations daily (both physically and mentally) has elicited new meanings to my life.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

In Spain, it is not frequent that young people work until they are mature, and I remember this girl who wrote me back once thanking Sol because she had had an epiphany when working at her register in the local supermarket after finishing our program in Granada. She explained how she was able to converse now with the Spanish speaking members of her community. That meant a lot, not only to her, but also to her customers (and to me). Languages are bridges to communication, and we cannot get enough of that.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would definitely come to Granada (Spain). The chance of learning a language where it originated brings along all the culture that has always been associated with it. All the amazing history that Spain has on its back might be difficult to digest for its grandeur, but Granada is obviously one of the places where all these influences and important events best manifest themselves.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Sol Education Abroad stands out for the careful attention it pays to crafting their students experience in the sense of pursuing a true immersion in the culture where the target language exists. From the selection of the host families, to the design of the cultural activities, and the follow up of the classes, all elements need to be adapted to each individual's personal needs to guarantee the best learning outcome. We certainly strive for that.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Delivering. Our participants choose Sol Education Abroad for many reasons, and the comments of previous participants is undoubtedly an important one. These comments create expectations that need be met. We look carefully into those, both to learn from our mistakes and to enjoy the deserved praise when it comes. However, the most important lesson is never forgetting the debt we have with our students to foster and enhance their language and cultural education.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

McKinley Cole

Job Title
Academic Coordinator & Recruiter
McKinley is an Eastern Kentucky University grad and two-time study abroad alumna from Kentucky. She lives in Austin, TX and works with Sol Education Abroad to help students have their own awesome experiences abroad!
McKinley Cole

What is your favorite travel memory?

I met one of my best friends while she was studying abroad at my university in the U.S. and she invited me to her wedding in her home country of China. I had the opportunity to attend two weddings - one in her hometown and one in her husband's hometown - and travel with them! It was some of the best food I've ever had and I will forever be thankful for their incredible hospitality.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown so much so quickly with SOL. It started even when I was a student on the program, gaining confidence in myself and my abilities. Since working with SOL, I've learned how to balance all the different responsibilities we juggle here in the office. I've learned how to be flexible and adapt to all the different situations that come with the industry.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Some of the best stories I've heard from return students is the stories of when they get to go back again. We've had many students who end up going back after their program to visit with their homestay and local friends. Their excitement to return to a place that was once new and to now go back and feel like it's home is so inspiring.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our program in Buenos Aires, Argentina! As a student, I attended our Costa Rica and Spain programs so I am familiar with those locations, and I visited our Mexico program last summer. Argentina is last on my list and I would love to visit a city as incredible and as big as Buenos Aires!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

SOL is unique because everyone in our office has studied abroad with the program and knows what it's like to be a student abroad. I'm always proud to say that I'm a two-time SOL alumni. I chose this program because it was the most affordable option I could find and SOL makes study abroad accessible to students who may not have had that opportunity otherwise.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Believing in what you do and why you do it. We firmly believe in our mission statement of treating students the way we wanted to be treated when we studied abroad. Each member of our team, from our staff here in the U.S, to our onsite staff, to our local homestays, is dedicated to helping students have an amazing experience abroad. The reason I came back to work for SOL was because I wanted to help students experience study abroad the way my directors helped me during my time abroad.

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