for the SU Summer Program in Spain
(and a hint of what 2011 participants can
expect ... taken from student evaluations at the end of previous
editions of the program)
"In a nutshell this
trip has been the most fun and interesting thing I have ever done
in my life. It's going to be real hard to top this."
"The program was excellent. I achieved all of my goals and
"The program was very well organized both
in Spain and before we got here. I felt really prepared for this
trip as far as knowing what to expect on a face value level while
I would be living in Spain."
"I liked the freedom I had here to explore
Spain and do things on my own."
"The group trips were a great opportunity
to see some places outside of Málaga that we probably would
not have been able to do on our own. The information presented
by the guides also enhanced the experience."
"I liked the sheets we got each week with
suggestions on what to do to enhance our experience. Also, the
tutor groups were excellent. We saw some neat stuff, but more
importantly we had the chance to practice speaking with someone
close to our age without feeling intimidated. All four tutors
were wonderful and I really learned from them."
"I honestly feel like this program has had
a healthy and intense impact on not only my understanding of Spanish
culture and history, but also on the rest of my life. Spain has
changed my view of the world."
"I loved the comradry between the students
here. I felt like I was part of a family."
"I loooooved the experience...."
"I think that the program is wonderful. I've
really learned a lot here by being submerged in the culture."
"I think the best aspect of the program was
all the free time we had."
"In a nutshell this trip has been the most
fun and interesting thing I have ever done in my life. It's going
to be real hard to top this."
"This program met and exceeded all of my
"I enjoyed staying with my Spanish family
and I appreciated all of the time and effort contributed by our
tutors in organizing our tutorías."
"I thought that the program was organized
and excellent. I really enjoyed this experience. There wasn't
a day that went by that I didn't like it here. I also like the
way the classes were scheduled and the excursions, too."
"The best aspect of the program was being
in Spain and experiencing their culture and traditions while learning
and perfecting the Spanish language. I really don't think there
was one best aspect--everything came together to make a wonderful
"I think the program is great and ran very
"The best aspect was being here, in Spain,
living and breathing it every day. The excursions we took were
amazing, but it was also an amazing experience just to walk the
street every day. So my answer [as] to the best aspect is quite
"I really liked it here and I thought the
program was very well put together."
"I absolutely loved the tutorías.
I looked forward to them every week. I thought they were a great,
informal way of learning about the city and Spain."
"I thought the program was very well organized.
There was always stuff planned for us, yet there was also a fair
amount of free time, too."
"I think that the point of this immersion
experience was even more than teaching the language of Spain;
that it also tried to show a different culture. In this it has
"Best aspect of the program? I guess I would
have to say the excursions and the classes. I learned so much
in class. The free time to walk around, see the city, experience
everything was awesome, but the classes helped me know where to
go, what to say...."
"The tutor sessions every week were great.
Being able to talk with people basically our age was so much fun."
"A wonderful experience, eye-opening."
"I enjoyed the program immensely....I had
an absolutely wonderful time and learned so much. The trip definitely
surpassed my expectations."
"Best aspect--tutorías--because we were
able to talk in Spanish with people close to our age."
"The trips were all very beneficial and helped
to add to what we were learning."
"[My family] was incredible, very friendly, helpful. I learned
a lot in class, but I learned [even] more in the streets. Free
time is golden here."
"We had plenty of freedom."
"Everything was close to perfect for me."
"I had such a great time, no real worries,
no regrets. I can honestly say I love Spain."
"[Best aspect?] How close everyone got. We
all had freedom, but still we were pulled together because we
were all in the same boat."
"I love [Málaga] . This is the perfect
city for this program."
"Overall, I thought the program was great!
Very well organized!"
"I can't think of one aspect of the program
that is the best; there are many positive aspects."
"The teachers at the University were all
very nice and willing to help out if we had any questions. The
first few tutorials where they took us around the centro, to the
mall and to the University, that was very helpful since we didn't
know where anything was. The historic places we visited were all
really interesting and I will never forget seeing them. The welcoming
dinner and the dinner we had La Gran Corona were also fun and
I liked them a lot."
"In 5 weeks I have accomplished a lot and
learned a lot."
"Assessment of the program? Awesome. Dr.
Brower, I can't believe you didn't pull all your hair out putting
this together. Everything was always in order--starting from day
1. There was never a time for mass confusion. Announcements were
made--reiterated again and again--there was a place and time to
be and the bus was going to be there. I am very impressed with
the way things were run..."
"Best aspect of the trip? Everything? Can
I say that? I don't want to pick one thing because all of it put
together is what made it so cool. We did things, saw things together--many
of us went out together a lot, but we also had time for ourselves."
"Other positive comments? I'm already giving
you a novel to read. Everything about this trip has been positive."
"By coming to España, I was given
the chance to conquer one of my biggest fears, speaking the Spanish
language comfortably. I can honestly say that I came here to improve
my Spanish and to learn about a new culture. And now after 5 weeks,
I have learned that speaking Spanish isn't so hard after all and
I really can do it, and that España is an amazing place
"This program has been one of the best experiences
I have had in my three years at SU."
"Living with a Spanish family was the best
aspect of this program. It offered the best chance to experience
the culture and the language, not just as a tourist and student,
but as a welcomed guest."
"I am so glad that I had the chance to come
here, and everything was great."
"I have had a great time and experience in
"I would do it over and over again. [I] have
NO regrets whatsoever."
"Best aspect? My family--they were great,
and the location--Málaga is wonderful."
"Other positive comments? Too many--everything
"Best aspect? The involvement of Drs. Brower
and Stiegler, and the tutores."
"The tutorías were very helpful and