CCIS Study Abroad

Program Reviews

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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed the experiences I was able to have by studying abroad in New Zealand through CCIS. It gave me an opportunity to travel and explore a new country with other people who were excited to see all of the unique experiences this country had to offer. My tip would be to find as much time as you can to explore the country you are studying in. Academics are important, but this is a unique opportunity to explore and learn first-hand about another country. Make the most of it! Try to reach out and make friends with people from the host country, they may be able to show you places or events that other international students may not know about.

What would you improve about this program?
CCIS wasn’t super communicative with me, so maybe doing better to clarify just how involved CCIS will be during the program or more clearly communicating any help or services they have to offer students in their programs.
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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Moscow was a great experience. I spent 4 days a week, 3.5 hours a day studying Russian and I absolutely loved it. The weekend and weekday excursions were also very instructing and fun. The opportunity to live in Russia has been a great eye opener to how different the world is from the United States and has definitely given me a new perspective. From this experience I have made good friends and would recommend to everyone to study abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
More inclusion with Russian students.
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Andreina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

To study abroad more than immerse me into a new culture, it helps me know a new side of me. It was an excellent experience, I comprehended the cultural roots of my country, Venezuela; and I was able to explore being a student in a different country. Now that I am back home, I am able to see how much I have changed; I have a new view of what is to be living and how grateful we have to be in our everyday.
Since the first moment, it was an adventure, I was moving into a new continent without knowing how special Seville going to become after living the experience. Personally, it was my first time traveling on my own; I knew that moment that I had to be very responsible all the time and break my comfort zone. I was very excited because I didn't even know my roommate or my host-mother were or look like (I only contacted them through email twice before going there). I tried to have a new taste of the sense of exploring through studying a semester in a new place.
The program that I worked with was perfect in all conditions, from pre-departure until we finished the program. Before, they explained every single detail of the lifestyle and how a student can be involved in the Spanish culture very easily. I had kind of an idea, but It wasn't clear until I went there. What caught my attention from the first moment was how passionate the staff works in the program, they are very organized, detailed and I was able to notice how much time they spend in their day into the program, always with the best attitude and showing love in their activities. They gave me a warm welcome and made me feel like home, I was very comfortable and you can trust them with the eyes closed. They offered a bunch of activities for students and it helped me to get knowledge about Spanish lifestyle and history. Some of them were city tours, field trips, cultural visits, internships, volunteering, dance classes, cooking classes, etc. I enjoyed all the activities and I learned how to see the things from life with a different perspective.
Where I stayed was in a student residencia, I lived with a host-mother and a roommate. We all come from different cultures, my host-mother was Spanish, my roommate American and I am Venezuelan. I love that they are part of my experience in Seville, we shared and I learned from them. My host mother is an amazing person, she is the sweetest woman I have ever met, she is a very special person to me. My host-mother is very smart and is the kind of person that you can have a deep conversation with. She explained me very detailed every single aspect of Spanish culture, I really enjoyed talking with her about history and art. She is a happy person who knows how to enjoy life and take advantage of the minutes that life gives us. I used to talk to her before going to bed, it helped me to think about what I really want to achieve in life, inspire me to take rest and start a new day. She is a very peculiar person with an explosive personality and an extraordinary mentality.On another hand, my roommate was a very nice girl, all the moment made me feel comfortable. We respected each other spaces, she became very close and we learned from each other.
As a student, I was taking classes in two different organizations, International College of Seville and the University of Seville. I felt motivated all the time with the classes, it helped to understand deeper the Spanish culture and I was lucky to have the professors from the program, they are inspirational people. I had a good relationship with them and more than a lecture taught in the class, every class was a lesson of life. The course content was excellent, they made us understand the topics and how it is reflected today. I was privileged to have them as a professor because they showed us the role model in life in their own way and with wonderful personalities. It was very grateful to go to class, I knew that each day going to be different. You have responsibilities as a student, but the program’s structure doesn’t make you feel frustrated or stressed; they make you enjoy while you are learning. I think that is the most effective way to learn and comprehend what is around us.
I really enjoy every second of the program, the time goes fast and you should take advantages to explore. This program is designed to break the comfort zone and don’t be afraid from the first moment. Exploring here means to see your surrounding and get to know more about yourself. I had the opportunity to know new places inside and outside Spain, compare cultures, met new people, understand different perspectives; and experience new things. For me to study abroad helped me take a breath from the routine I had at home, it showed me that we need to do what we love; in our every day, we need to be around people who appreciate and inspire us; and each day counts if we want to work for our goals. Anything is impossible to achieve and for me to study abroad was a goal I had in my life, and know I came true that dream. To resume my experience with few words is almost impossible, I can only define it with to be grateful for our life.

What would you improve about this program?
It is perfect the way it is.
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Lyndsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am currently studying at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. I've been abroad since early February and I get back late June, so I will have spent the semester (5 months) abroad.

My experience abroad has been an amazing one, I've met the best people and instantly found friends that I hope to know for life. I've had the opportunity to take unique classes and travel all around the South Island of New Zealand. Over a three-week mid semester break I road-tripped, camped, and even traveled to Australia! On these trips I got to hike mountains, visit wineries, swim in the ocean, snorkel with hundreds of fish, pet kangaroos, hold koalas, paddle board and explore all things outdoors! New Zealand culture is laid back and always down for an adventure!

While abroad I have had the most amazing experience, through getting out of my comfort zone I have received opportunities to grow in ways I hadn’t realized I could. Immersing myself in a new way of life and getting to meet people from all around the world has been an incredible journey and something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Traveling half way around the world to New Zealand was one of the best decisions that I have made and if I were to do it again I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone should study abroad, it connects you to the rest of the world in a completely new way. Being here has given me new life perspectives and has changed the way I see the world, allowing me to make life long friendships with people that feel like family- people I would have never known had I not taken this amazing opportunity to see the world.

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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad at The International College of Seville was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was all of the staff extremely helpful and friendly, but the program worked to build a very close community where I made lifelong friends. The school is located in a great area of Seville, which is one of the most incredible cities in Andalucia, and I had the most amazing host mom (hi Isabel). ICS had wonderful teachers who wanted to see you succeed and they also offered the opportunity to go to the Universidad de Sevilla to study advanced Spanish courses. This program included a lot of trips and city visits. If you are looking to study abroad in Spain and have the time of your life - CCIS at The International College of Seville is the place to be!

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad changed my life forever. In January 2017, I left my home in New Jersey to travel to Spain for the very first time. Upon arrival, I was extremely nervous and had no idea what to expect. I was greeted at the airport by Lisa Dolan, a representative from the International College of Seville. I immediately felt welcomed and knew that I had found a home here. The International College of Seville did an outstanding job making students feel welcomed into a new society and culture. They go above and beyond for their students. In Seville, I met a guy, who had returned to study abroad through CCIS for the third time, and I can happily say that we fell in love. I left my home in New Jersey to move to Indianapolis to finish my college career and to live with the love of my life. I thank the International College of Seville every day for bringing such an amazing person into my life. We now have a home and family in Seville (our host families and staff at ICS) that we will be seeing this June, as well as traveling to 8 more counties. Through studying abroad I have found a person whom I love, and a place that I love and that I can always go back to.

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Julisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have always wanted to do a study abroad experience, but my parents never taught it was a good idea. I grew up in a small town where their is really nothing to do other than walk around the neighborhood. I wanted to learn more about the world and wanted to travel to a different country. When I told my parents about CCIS they were hesitant about it. I was leaving them for three months. I told them everything about the program. I would only be a 10 min walk from the school, the multiple cultural trips and visits on the weekend, I would be staying with a host family, food was included, volunteer, play soccer, study and many more opportunities. Once I told them I was staying with a host family they felt more comfortable with me going. Before going abroad I was nervous because I did not know anybody and I did not know how they where going to treat me. I overwhelmed myself by doing that because the professors, staff, advisors, host family, and everyone was AWESOME! I got to build a connection with my host family and got to experience and live the life they do on a daily. The school was always their to help and where a phone call, text, or walk away. I felt like I was at home. I always felt safe when I was there. I would definitely recommend this program to everyone! Seville will forever have a spot in my heart and will be visiting soon!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve from this program is making finals at the beginning of the week or before the day we have to leave. It gives the students more time to study for their exams and say their last goodbyes to the family and friends. Also, it wont feel so hurried up at the end, but other than that I would not change anything about this program.
Caleb
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program is amazing and the staff have done an amazing job immersing us into the spanish culture. I’ve studied abroad three times with this program and every single time was life changing. I would easily praise this program to anyone considering going abroad. I miss being there more than anything and have created a family with the staff. My closest friends and I will forever do whatever we need to do to return back to Sevilla. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a grand adventure.

What would you improve about this program?
Only by sharing with others to bring more people to spain. Everyone deserves to be a part of it.
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Irene
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent July 2017 in Florence as part of the CCIS program. It was honestly amazing. I loved all of it. The city itself is incredibly beautiful and there's a lot to see and do, especially if you're interested in art and Italian culture. I took an Italian language class taught completely in Italian so it was definitely a different course experience than one you get in the US and at times challenging because you do rely on your knowledge of the language. Thankfully, it is easy to catch on to things and really good practice if you're serious about learning. I thought the professors were great! The course material was appropriate and left plenty of time to engage in other activities. I spent most of the day around the city. The advisor was also helpful and provided great support to students adjusting. They provide fantastic resources about Florence and the university too. Take advantage of those student discounts around Florence; they make a difference! I loved how the university offered activities to engage students and help get to know each other. My roommates and I were raving about the pasta we made at a cooking class they offered! It is one of my favorite memories! We also went to a wine tasting, a field trip to a smaller nearby town and so much more. They also offered weekend trips that were the highlights of my entire trip. I felt they were very organized, informative and you really got to tour other places well for the price that you paid. Not to mention its a relief not having to worry about planning and booking on your own. I do feel that these trips played a major role on my friendships. I got to know fantastic people on this program, some of which I'm fortunate enough and eager to see regularly back home! They place very well and accurately to your preferences in terms of the housing. As for my life post-program, I feel like it really opened my eyes to new experiences and increased my own confidence. I feel more confident in my knowledge and contributions across various situations. Studying abroad encourages you to be more social and take risks and become comfortable with that. It does count as some international experience which looks great on paper and is something fun and beneficial to talk about (your enthusiasm and knowledge can go a long way). I actually recommend studying abroad to a lot of people who are skeptical and I have a couple of friends that have gone and loved it as well!

What would you improve about this program?
For housing, I felt like more could have been offered. The space and location was great, however there were no supplies once we got in. We had to go get soap and water. After a long trip, going to the supermarket is not exactly something you're eager to do once you step in.
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Roseana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad was one of the best things I've done for myself. The experience is exhilarating. Belfast, Northern Ireland has the best scenary and culture from Game of Thrones, the Titanic experience to the breath taking sites of giants causeway and carrick a rede rope bridge. We had fun field trips to different musuems, Irish dancing and ate lots of yummy food. You can even explore countries and cities right next door on weekend too. Cant believe I ever hesitated to Study Abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe take advantage of the accesibility to other countries or explore cities aroud Belfast like Dublin, Scotland. Would've loved to see that incorporated to the program