Linguistic Horizons

Program Reviews

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Brenda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't have asked for a more unexpectantly unique opportunity. Nicole and Soraida from Linguistic Horizons were able to find me an internship in psychology that would be very difficult to obtain on my own. Internships in healthcare are very complicated to obtain, as most are only open to students who already have more than a bachelor's degree. Nicole and Soraida arranged for me an internship within a physiotherapy clinic where they allowed me to construct my own psychology interventions under the supervision of the physiotherapists and occupational therapists from the clinic. Though difficult at first, I learned so much and it helped me gain more trust in my knowledge. In addition, this internship helped me decide to pursue a master's in psychology, something I was still not sure whether I wanted to do. Linguistic Horizons also helped me find a very comfortable and accessible place to live and arranged literally everything for me so that my move abroad was as smooth as possible. I had an amazing and super unique experience, and it was all thanks to the incredible help and support from the staff of Linguistic Horizons. My internship placement was in A Coruña, Spain which was also a very unique place to be and best of all, it was not a typical touristic place, so it is a full Spanish language and culture immersion. The city is cozy and has beautiful landscapes with amazing views to the Atlantic Ocean.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Ask all the questions. Don't assume it can't be done.
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Cecilia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience in Spain. I made some great friends that helped me figure out how to live independently, and gave me some great life advice. Being the youngest one of the group, I was afraid at first, but after meeting everyone and finding my way around the city, I felt very comfortable with everything. I loved my Spanish classes as well, they were fun and interesting, as well as helped me grow my language skills. When I became familiar with the city and the people around me, I came out of my shell and am definitely a different person than I was when I left, which is absolutely a good thing.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Believe it or not, going through TSA in America. I was entirely separated from my parents and anyone I knew for the first time. I was scared but I needed to show myself that I could do it, so I did.
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Sincere
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not only was the director and founder, Nicole Berry, great help with finding my perfect internship but she was a kind-hearted, genuine, and caring person. Linguistic Horizons helped me understand what I want to do in life; which is being an ESL teacher in different countries. The two weeks I spent in Peru with that company were two weeks that I will always remember. The bonds I made were as life-changing as the program itself. If had the means to do it all over again I would. I could talk for years and years about those two weeks. I will never again experience something so soul-cleansing and professionally beneficial as Linguistic Horizons.

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Robert
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really great opportunity to learn Spanish in a professional setting. I gave a general idea of what kind of internship I was looking for, and Nicole got back to me with a few ideas. I liked the Emilia Pardo Bazan museum, and I got to intern there for a month. The staff were extremely welcoming and helped me grow as a Spanish learner and an employee. Communication was extremely clear from beginning to end. Along with the internship, there was a Spanish conversation course that was useful to practice Spanish in a less professional and less stressful environment. It was great that both the internship and the course counted for college credit and accredited by the University of A Coruna.
The city is wonderful. There is a great beach that is always full of people in the summer. There are great landmarks to visit. The city center is beautiful, and Nicole personally guided us through the city on numerous occasions to see churches and landmarks.
Nicole also set up housing for us, and was more than willing to accomodate any issues or concerns. She chose locations that were close to our internships, making it easy to walk over. She also sets up trips to other parts of Spain for weekends, as well as other day trips to places outside of Coruna like Santiago and a beach farther away for surfing.
A really wonderful and unique program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Speak Spanish. Make friends with whoever you can, especially your housemates. Don't be afraid to adventure out on your own. Nicole has great suggestions for places to go, and she's always willing to talk.
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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No matter where you would like to intern at or visit, contact Nicole! What I loved most about my experience overseas was the internship opportunity Nicole was able to find and organize for me. I wanted a place that was rich in culture, participate and immerse myself with the locals, try new foods, improve my Spanish, and gain experience in a work environment that catered to my education. La Coruña was all that and much more! The places we visited were so gorgeous, the other people in my group were just as involved, class was very helpful since we were fortunate enough to have such a small class size, it all worked out so wonderfully. Not to mention, interning with Linguistic Horizons is very affordable! As compared to other programs I was looking into at the time, Linguistic Horizons not only offered a lot more, but also gave individual attention to everyone! The whole schooling and interning were so very well organized that it leaves you feeling very safe and comfortable with being so far away from home. Thank you, Nicole, for the experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
PLEASE add on the Portugal visit when applying for the summer! Such a beautiful place! The weather is unpredictable, so take advantage of the sunny beach days.
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After months of searching, I was running out of time to find an internship abroad to meet my graduation requirements. Balancing full-time work, my studies, and internship applications (in a foreign language) gets overwhelming. I also couldn't even get a single response or get in touch with a real person. I'll admit I was reluctant about paying an agency to find a job for me but it was worth it.

Nicole and her team were able to make contact with real people for interviews for me when I couldn't get a single response. Plus, they found internships in the area I wanted to be in that met my unique job criteria and worked with my linjited French fluency. Most companies just offer cookie-cutter positions from their list of partner companies, but Lingo goes beyond that to find a position that is actually a good fit for you. She was so kind and helpful and everything worked out perfectly in the end.

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Coruna is EXTREMELY safe. Walking around on a weekend evening from 2-4am in the summer, I rarely felt unsafe and often saw families or young children out on the streets. The city is also extremely walkable, so it is easy to get anywhere in 10-30 minutes.
Living with a host family was amazing- coordinated by Nicole to meet our personal requests, I lived with two young professionals in a very clean 3-bedroom apartment. I had my own room and access to a very clean bathroom, kitchen, and city center. In addition, the building I lived in was extremely welcoming and socially and educationally engaged with me to show me the city and improve my conversation skills. I am extremely thankful to all of the people in my building.
Nicole was always available; for advice, practical assistance, or company. However, she somehow always knew when to push you beyond your boundaries or check in with you at the exact right times. She is a wise woman with many worldly connections that has immeasurable worth.
Studying at Universidad da Coruna was a complex yet extremely rewarding Spanish-language learning experience. Not only were the University resources sufficient, but the teachers were extremely kind, generous with their time, and knowledgeable. Class sizes were extremely small and limited to the students in the study abroad program, so a lot of conversation and one-on-one learning made for a perfect environment to gain comfort ability speaking.

What would you improve about this program?
I had an unforgettable experience- I would not change a single thing.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nicole was super attentive and answered all my questions in detail as well as providing me with extra information that, although I did not ask for, was super helpful. She really cares for you and you feel it. The whole process of application to the program and follow-up before the trip was super professional and it left me very calm since I knew at all times what was happening and what I would need before traveling. Once in Peru, everything was very easy. I did not have to worry about anything. I could focus on enjoying the experience and learning from the wonderful people I met. The quality of the workshops was beyond I expected and I'm really grateful for that. I really recommend the program to anyone interested in holistic medicine and natural nutrition. Thank you SO MUCH from the bottom of my heart for everything!! I'm definitely coming back to Urubamba to visit :)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The hike to the top of the Machu Picchu Mountain was one of the highlights of the trip!!
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Sincere
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Linguistics Horizon gave me an inexplicably mythical experience. Anyone looking for abroad experience needs to go with this program. It’s affordable, it’s fun, and it’s in Peru. Not to mention Nicole Berry is a beautiful person. She goes out of her way just make sure you have the best experience imaginable. This program makes me want to go abroad again. Peru was an amazing country by default but this program made it even better. This program is one everyone needs to be in. I am going to recommend it to everyone I know. I am going to be talking about so much they will all be annoyed by me. This program is something that everyone deserves to do. From the area itself to hiking Machu Picchu, I had an amazing time. I still cannot believe that I did it and Nicole Berry helped me do it.

What would you improve about this program?
It can’t. It’s amazing. There seriously is nothing to improve about this program.
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Ecco
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing experience in A Coruña through Linguistic Horizons. The city is vibrant and truly has it all—delicious food, pristine beaches, fantastic nightlife, and plenty of cultural activities to participate in. Everyone speaks Spanish to you, which can be intimidating but is ultimately beneficial and everyone is very kind and helpful in communicating with you.
The University of A Coruña and Linguistic Horizons worked together to create an atmosphere conducive to learning as well as fun social interactions. I made friends with people from all around the world!
Nicole is a tireless, wonderful and helpful leader. She is not only fun and funny, but an expert in both Spanish and Coruña’s culture. She is full of advice and helpful tips. The day trips she plans are both affordable and incredible (especially the trip to the Cies Islands—you HAVE to go!) I cannot say enough good things about her!
Overall Linguistic Horizons is a stellar program that is successful in incorporating language use, cultural activities and fun! I left the program near fluent in Spanish, and truly became felt I was apart of the community in Coruña. I would recommend it to everyone, and am thinking about going back myself!