Hi, my name is Pedro and I went to Salamanca, Spain for the 2016 spring Semester. Now that was for about three months and I
was able to do a lot of things while I was abroad. You know, I was able to take a lot of different
classes, I experienced a new culture. The type of classes that I took was a Spanish
language class. I was also able to take different classes. I was able to take a philosophy class, the
required Spanish Civilization class, and also an online class that’s part of what’s being
offered as the available credits. So there’s a lot of different ways to finance
the Study Abroad program. Personally, the way I did it is, I took out
subsidized loans. I’m not typically eligible for any kind
of FASFA federal aid so this was the route that I had to take if I wanted to have the
Study Abroad experience. I figured that it was too good of an opportunity
to pass up and I don’t regret it one bit. So the process is, you actually need to apply
for a FAFSA normally and you know submit all of all your family’s income as
well as your own if you are making any kind of income. Once you do that, you do need to apply as
a Citrus College student. Since I was already Citrus College student,
I didn’t have to go to this process so that wasn’t one of the issues. If you are coming from a different college
you are going to need to apply to Citrus, you know, go through the process. You going to then get access to your student portal,
in our case it’s our Wingspan, and in the Wingspan you’re going to go under the financial
aid tab and that’s where you’re going to receive all the paperwork that you’re going to need to submit
any kind of forms for the loans. What you’re going to do is, once all the paperwork gets submitted, you are going to go under the under the financial aid tab again and you’re
going to see the amounts offered. The two loans I took out were the student
loan, which was roughly about $5,000 dollars, and also the Parent Plus loan, which was an
additional $2,000-$3,000 dollars. Once you do see that on your student portal,
it’s going to say, “Offered”. Just because it says “Offered” doesn’t
necessarily mean that you have any kind of access to the money. You do have to go through the process of accepting
it and once you do accept it that’s going to be distributed to you over the course of
time while you’re in your Study Abroad country. So while I was abroad, I was able to have
my parents wire money into my account. We do share the same bank so… we do have
separate accounts, but they, being in the US, they were are able to put money into my
account and I was able to access it through my own personal card while I was abroad. You do need to be cognizant of different things
that like exchange rates and also transaction fees when you are taking out of ATMs while
you’re abroad. Typically the amount isn’t too much. It is an additional, about maybe two to three
euro on top of whatever you’re taking out. If you take it out of an ATM, they do the
transaction before you so if you take out money from your US bank, they will take it
in euro. So you do need to be aware of how much you’re
taking out. It is also better to take out in bigger amounts
instead of many small amounts over the course the week. What I did personally, for every week I would
take up maybe about a hundred, a hundred-twenty Euro and I would use that cash for my whole
week. So there’s a lot to say about what you have
done in three months. There’s so many different things you can do. What I loved personally was the close proximity
that there is all around Spain. And you know, you have so many different countries
with such different cultures and, you know, crazy different experiences that you can have. Take advantage of all of it. Personally, I loved to go… I had a great experience in Portugal. The city in itself was nice, (in the country
of Portugal) Lisbon. Also you know, exploring Salamanca in itself. You know, the nightlife, and the people during
the day, the different cultures. It was really great.