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Has anyone gone abroad to study a foreign language for a semester or two?

My daughter wants to go to Barcelona for 14 weeks of beginning Spanish instruction. She just graduated from high school and she plans to enroll at the local community college, sometime in late 2013 or early 2014, to study either nursing or photography. In the meanwhile, she wants to study language abroad for 4-5 months. The idea is to develop some independent living skills, travel to Europe, and get a semester or two of foreign language credit under her belt.

In 2009, she and I went on a 3-week art tour of several European cities, along with about 40 adults and students. It was a lot of fun but I wasn't entirely happy with the company, EF Tours. The program she's currently considering is also through EF Tours. Staying with a local host family is part of the package but she would prefer to reside in an EF residential facility. This would be a significant added expense but living in the home of strangers is not in her comfort zone, and I understand why she feels that way. At the company's residential facility, she would have her own room and kitchen, and it's supposed to be within walking distance of the educational facility.

All of the above notwithstanding, I'm not completely at ease with this company. I have a lot of questions to ask and research to do. I've looked for some independent reviews but I can't really find anything regarding the company's study programs. I did find some reviews of tours like the one she and I took in 2009, and most of those reviews weren't too great.

I wonder if any fellow DUers have experience with foreign travel study programs. Or maybe someone can point me in the right direction so that I can evaluate this program and/or compare it to similar programs.

DUers possess a wealth of experience and insight, and I'd be grateful for any information and observations that you all can offer in this situation. I'll kick the thread, as needed, to get as much feedback as possible. I'm very excited that she wants to do this because the experience could enrich her life immeasurably. But I also want to do everything I can to ensure her happiness and security. Obviously, I won't be able to simply step in and help her while she's so far away. I also want to make sure that the study program is effective and that it provides college credit. The company's brochure is unclear--to me, at least--about a lot of things. I'm not quite ready to see red flags, quite yet, but I have a lot of questions.

Thanks, in advance,
Fridays Child
Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Jul 27, 2012, 04:06 AM (21 replies)
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