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Semester abroad in Seville or Salamanca- which would be the better option?

Semester abroad in Seville or Salamanca- which would be the better option?

Old Aug 9th, 2011, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for all the input! Seville seems to be favorite of most of you who have lived or travelled in these areas of Spain. She definetely favors it, after reading all your comments though she was initially leaning toward Salamanca. I just can't get past the accent part of it in Seville; after all, the primary purpose of this trip from My viewpoint is Spanish immersion, living in a home where only Spanish is spoken, and attending the University, coming home more fluent in Spanish (she is fairly fluent at this point having taken many University courses and spending 6 weeks in a similar program in Costa Rica). I'm worried she will come home after a semester with bad habits from the Sevillian style of diction. I also want her to be able to enjoy cultural activities and nightlife, travel, etc., a good life experience, which sounds like favors Seville. I think I'm worrying too much about this, overthinking it.
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Old Aug 9th, 2011, 07:24 AM
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Spanish accents aren't that much different, at least not in the cities and less so at universities...

Watch and listen to news, documentaries etc at Canal Sur/RTVA, the major Andalusian TV network with headquarters in Sevilla.
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Old Aug 9th, 2011, 08:09 AM
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My daughter has done a term in Spain but with neither program nor at the cities mentioned. In the end, the location in itself did not matter. For excursions, she traveled to all over Spain with her friends. What mattered was who she spent time with. I thought there were too many students from the same university where she came from and ended up spending most time with her fellow U.S. students.
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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They speak perfect spanish in Andalucia. The accent is closest to Latin American Spanish. She won't come back with any bad habits.
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 08:42 AM
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I had to get a Fodor's account just to tell you this. But I studied abroad with ISA in Salamanca and it was the best expereicne of my life. I loved every second of it. Everybody has said what a wonderful university town Salamanca is and that is so very true. There were a lot of students and I never found it difficult to get out of the US circle. And I met and have stayed friends with people from all over the world. We did take a group trip to Seville and I loved the city but after talking to some other ISA folks in Seville was so glad to be in Salamanca. The staff there is top-notch for sure! The university also offered a lot of other trips outside of ISA...trips to Portugal, Morroco, Real Madrid games, etc. I would hands down recommend Salamanca..especially with ISA!
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Old Aug 17th, 2011, 09:07 PM
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Kcat23, I am the daughter who is going to spain through ISA i have decided, but I am trying to decide between Salamanca and Seville. I have a contact with someone who went to Seville who had nothing but good things to say about her program. I was hoping to get some details from you as well! If there is anyway I could get some more details about your experience I would appreciate it greatly! What did you hear from the people from Seville that made you happy you went to Salamanca? Did you ever get bored around Salamanca? How was traveling to class and around town? Did you like being in a small town opposed to a big town? Did you feel safe? Did you have trouble understanding people in Seville? Any details you can give me would be great!
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 08:29 PM
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kcat 23, thanks for your feedback on the ISA Salamanca program. An opening came up this semester, and my daughter leaves in 2 weeks for a semester in Salamanca! She is very excited, and I am appreciative of your comments which influenced our decision to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity!
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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 08:46 AM
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Lots of good information in this thread. I would only add that you should encourage her to keep up her Spanish when she returns. I studied Spanish in Spain - I absolutely had the time of my life and came away at least conversational in Spanish. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity (and didn't bother making the opportunity) to practice my Spanish when I returned and now, a few years later, I doubt I could string 2 sentences together in Spanish. It's quite a waste of a useful skill.
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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 09:54 AM
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May I impose upon you?

There a warning posted over the entrance to the library at the University of Salamanca. Whenever you get a chance could you please post it?

I have tried googling it but to no avail.

Thank you.
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Old Sep 1st, 2011, 06:39 AM
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I'll ask my daughter to check it out and will post it. I agree about her continuing to use Spanish after her return. She will have a minor in Spanish once completing this coursework in Spain, and was then to start Nursing school to get a combined BS and RN. We live in post hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and there has been a tremendous influx of construction and food industry workers who speak only Spanish, so it seems like a very useful skill that she will be able to keep using She is now considering another semester in college before nursing school to get a degree in Spanish.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 02:46 PM
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Aduchamp, I think this is the warning you are referring to. I remember thinking it was a bit over the top.

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