International Connections


Elizabeth Sanchez

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Spanish

Year: Senior
Hometown, State: Perry, IA

Type of experience: Semester Abroad
Experience: ISU in Spain- a Semester in Caceres
Experience website: https://language.iastate.edu/caceres/
Destination: Spain

Overall experience..
Studying abroad was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Having the opportunity to experience a different culture and learn new things was very fun. You get to meet lots of people and travel to other places as well. Learning and practicing a language is a lot more fun and better when you're in a country where it's the primary language spoken. Living with a host family provides a great learning environment and makes the stay very comfortable. Studying abroad is something I would recommend to every student and it doesn't matter what year you do it, as long as you get the chance to go.

I learned...
I had first learned about this program when I attended the study abroad fair my freshman year, and I ended up doing the program my first semester of senior year. I had also seen posters about it in Pearson, as well as my friend completing the program a year before me.

An impact to my life...
Getting to experience a different culture was the best part. You learn so much in such a short amount of time and you become accustomed to it very quickly. I've gained a new outlook on life and I loved learning about the culture. food, and customs. This experience has led me to exploring more of the world and seeing new things. As well as, learning about how the education system works in a different country and adapting to any changes. I've learned new things about Spanish and I plan to use the knowledge I've gained to be able to effectively translate as a future medical professional.

My most valuable learning experience...
The most valuable learning experience I had was living with a host family. I just had a host mom and she was one of the most amazing people I met during my time abroad. I learned so much about the culture from her, such as the gastronomy in Spain, traditions, and customs. She made me feel at home and practicing Spanish with her was very beneficial.

Advice for others...
Studying abroad for a whole semester might seem daunting, but it goes by super quick. During this time you get to travel to different countries and see new things that you'll wish you were there for a longer time. Looking into the program is important and talking to other students who have done the program is really beneficial because you get a first hand perspective about how it was. It's a great opportunity that everyone should take, even if it's just a week long program or a semester program.

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