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We are constantly trying to improve our programs and we always ask for student evaluations; they enable us to make improvements to provide the best program for our students. The comments honestly and thoughtfully expressed provide a picture of the experiences of our students. What recent participants had to say about the program at the UCM.
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM:
""I thought everything was great. I loved the excursions. I loved the university and attending all my classes. I had an amazing experience in Spain and I will definitely keep MLSA in mind for next year."
Sandra Shamloo, Smithtown, NY
Most teachers were incredible; teachers who love their subject and it showed. For a teacher, it was very inspiring to see other teachers who enjoy teaching. I can't get enough of Lorca's poetry or Soledados de Salamina these days!"
Mary Hernandez, Wichita Falls, TX
"I would recommend this program to other students-I am already recruiting students for next year!"
Kelly Reynolds, Hamburg, NJ
I thought this was a well-run program. Our directors were exceptional, approachable, and held high expectations for our students."
Amy Librizzi, Wantage, NJ
"Program and directors were most definitely great. I love the fact that there were other students/teachers from different states in the U.S. There were also some Spanish students in the dorms and other people from other countries. I made many friends, friends I'm going to keep in contact with… This has been by far the best summer of my life!"
Tania Aviles, Perris, CA
"(After Spain, I went to) Portugal; I am using Spanish more than English to communicate, and I'm so glad I have spent the past month sharpening my Spanish skills. I had a great time!"
Kathleen Rice, Kirkwood, MO
"I had a great time working with MLSA. It provided me a great way to improve my Spanish while being emerged in the Spanish culture. The program had a good balance of letting students be on their own and providing a structured and protective setting. I would definitely come back!"
Melissa Hough, Yorba Linda, CA
"Spending July in Madrid has been a great cultural experience as well as an academic one. I've met many new people and seen many new things. Everyone in the program (students and directors) is friendly and willing to help you in any way."
Susan Feinstein, Blue Bell, PA
"The experience was unforgettable. Learning Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country is the best way to go."
Kaylene Proctor, Richmond, VA
"I thought the program was wonderful. All of the directors were very helpful and supportive. I never felt uncomfortable and gained a ton of self-confidence, not only with my Spanish skills, but with my ability to live in a foreign country."
Katie Murphy, Centennial, CO
"It's a valuable experience in Spain and has a lot to offer any level learner. I am pleased with the program and the directors. Very impressive program."
Marc Russell, Wantage, NJ
"MLSA's program is one of the best out there and it allows you to experience Spain in a unique way. Overall, the price is reasonable and the experience is meaningful. MLSA allows you to make your summer in Spain exactly what you want it to be. MLSA is well organized and the staff is friendly and effective. Organizing travel, accommodations, and school for several hundred people isn't easy, but MLSA does an excellent job."
Laura Edwards, Conway, AR
"It is a great program that developed the abilities of everyone-to learn the language, to be more professional, to better yourself as a teacher. We got help from the beginning to the end of the program, without any problems whatsoever."
Benoit Charlot, Colorado Springs, CO
"An excellent learning experience, a great opportunity to see another country, the directors have great attitudes and personalities."
Zachary Fedor, Centennial, CO
"It was a very good learning experience and culturally enriching. This is my second experience with Complutense and I highly recommend it. Celestino was wonderful, helpful and organized. It is a hit program, if one is willing to work hard. The professors are so knowledgeable and you learn so much!"
Rosa Acocella, Harrison, NY
"The program is great, and the directors are truly there for each student. Celestino and Fabio really care about each individual, and they’re always there to make you smile and feel at home."
Lina Carolini, Mamaroneck, NY
"It is a fun, educational way to learn about another culture and, at the same time, get credits for school. Awesome!"
Kala Christensen, Jamestown, ND
"All the instructors I had were excellent; it has been the reason I decided to come back, and I would keep coming back to participate in their classes. The level of their knowledge and experience is outstanding."
Beatriz Fleischer, San Gabriel, CA
"The program was excellent, can’t be duplicated anywhere else."
Mary Harding, Bardstown, KY
"Overall great program. Most professors clearly demonstrated dedication to their profession and possessed much passion in their subject. Also, Celestino and Fabio were very compassionate and helpful."
Marcela Holcomb, St. Louis, MO
"Not knowing a lot about the program, I was impressed with the courtesy and accommodation that they gave me. I would come back if I could only find a reason to."
Tyler Holt, Urbandale, IA
"The program was very good. Celestino, the instructors, and all the staff at the residence are very nice and very responsive, and very helpful. The library at the university is very good and I appreciate the films and the cultural activities."
Barbara Hunt, Reno, NV
"This program was great--I never expected this trip to go so well. The rooms and facilities were great; the pool was a major bonus! The directors are such kind and open people, I can’t thank them enough for always being there for us--I’ll never forget this trip!"
Shauna LaCoste, Bedford, NH
"The instructors are the best--very knowledgeable and helpful. The directors are awesome and both did everything possible to make this trip great. Thank you!"
Rebecca Jones, Salisbury, NH
"The program was a great experience. The directors are very personable and knew many of the students by name. They made the program very enjoyable. Thank you very much."
Katie Luecke, Sheboygan, WI
"The directors were very helpful and it was wonderful to be known by name with so many other students. Problems were resolved promptly."
Martha Oldfield, Herkimer, NY
"MLSA is wonderful. It’s a great program for teachers. Dr. Ruiz is an excellent director. He’s very organized and looks out for the interests of the participants."
Molly Posedel, Redondo Beach, CA
"The staff was very solicitous of our well being, especially the two women who spent most of the time at the front during the day. The food was great. There were computer and television and places to talk and study. The teachers put into practice the Communicative Approach, which is the most up-to-date language acquisition pedagogy. The optional cultural classes provided depth. The whole program was thoughtfully organized so that students could experience the language and culture in context."
Sheila Ruhland, Bath, ME
"The entire building was wonderfully clean. I was treated with politeness; I felt very welcome. It was perfect in all respects. The swimming pool was also very relaxing on hot days."
Colleen Schelfhout, Manitowoc, WI
"It was the time of my life, and Celestino and Fabio were so helpful and sweet to me. They were always there to help me and answer any questions that I had. I really loved the family atmosphere in the dorms and all of the excursions we went on. Program was amazing... fun, and well balanced."
Nelly Shaw-McMinn, Moreno Valley, CA
"The instructors were all very energetic and very helpful."
Jenny Simmer, Manitowoc, WI
"The residences had a great location to school; loved the pool; private rooms with bathroom and balcony were great!"
Kelleen Smith, Edmonds, WA
"This program has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I have been able to study the Spanish language while also experiencing Spanish culture. It is a great program for everyone, no matter what level. Also, I felt very safe and well taken care of with this program."
Natalie Taylor, Grand Junction, TN
"The professors that we had were top quality and they pushed and demanded excellence from us. They had a wealth of information and they were willing to share. I was pleasantly surprised with the program and my learning experiences. I made some great friends there and I also had a chance to better myself and the language that I was studying. The directors were great. I was impressed that they knew everyone‘s name when we left the airplane. They also made it a point to speak and talk to us during our stay in Spain. They did not have to do that, but it made it extra special that they did make an effort to get to know us."
Aamina Thornton, Phoenixville, PA
"Excellent program. Very well organized. The directors were always there to help students with whatever they needed. I enjoyed myself very much and can’t wait to come back!"
Heather Torres, Westminster, CO
"I cannot stress enough how fortunate I have felt to have the opportunity to be taught by such passionate professors. I feel like I’ve learned more in four weeks than I have in three years of university courses. I firmly believe that immersion is the only way to learn a language. This program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The MLSA staff, the university faculty, and the general experience of the Spanish culture have all together made this an experience I will never forget. I truly feel like I learned a lot--and not only about the language but also about life. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the opportunity to study here. The MLSA program has far exceeded my expectations, and I would have been so regretful if I hadn’t come. The directors, Dr. Ruiz and Fabio, have made this program. I am so thankful for the care and commitment each of them has demonstrated--they have truly been like “fathers” away from home. I feel truly blessed to have met them and have them as part of my life. Thank you--from the bottom of my heart--for everything."
Rachel Waller, Shreveport, LA
"Wonderful, Awesome, Supportive program."
Marysol F. Preciado, APO
"Great program for students who want to learn Spanish."
Tyrell Wagner, Nashville, TN
"Overall, the program is great. I loved it and will recommend it to everybody. This program changed my life for the better. I got to see how people live in other countries. It was awesome and I would do it again in a second. I learned a lot of Spanish and made friends from all over the country."
Eric Luzier, Sparks, NV
"Dr. Ruiz and Fabio are great people, directors and friends. Any tie I needed anything, they were there to help. Thank you!"
Eric Luzier, Sparks, NV
"The directors are obviously committed to making each individual's experience the best possible. They went out of their way to learn participants' names to get to know them to ask how everything was going, and to help if there was any problem. The program is extremely well organized, and students feel welcom and comfortable from the start."
LouAnne Chamberlain, Littleton, CO
All the directors were helpful (suggesting "sites to not be missed) available to help/assist with homework, and most importantly just totally available to all students."
Holly Morris, East Dubuque, IL
"The directors were all very warm and giving - just very understanding in general. The directors seemed to know us all by name and really wanted us to be comfortable and enjoying ourselves. All three were caring and just plain amable."
Emilie Lindeman, Cleveland, WI
"The program was great. Dr. Ruiz and Fabio were very competent and reliable. I was very impressed with the quality of the summer programs at the Complutense. Also, the one excursion I did to Pamplona was an incredible cultural experience. I have done several language study programs in various countries. This one was by far the best both in instruction and organization. Thanks for a great summer in Spain."
Lauren Pickard, Philadelphia, PA
"The directors motivated me to step away from my comfort zone and to grow as a person while staying in Spain. Dr. Ruiz had a way of making me smile and overcome my ephemeral case of homesickness. The program as a whole, is something I wish I could share with everyone, because it is something that is now a huge part of me. I've made friends from all around the country and the world that intend to stay close with. I am so glad I decided to spend a portion of my summer studying with MLSA in Spain. I have absolutely no regrets."
Jessica McKenzie, Kensington, CT
"The residence was a convenient place; staff was wonderful, bathrooms were always clean; many resources were available; Oh, the pool too was great!!!." Emily Kutz, Havertown, PA
"Everyone was great. You couldn't ask for more helpful and nice people. Don't change!"
Emily Kutz, Havertown, PA
"I really enjoyed the program and the directors. Thank you."
Alana Nikola, Colts Neck, NJ
"I felt at home at Santa Monica residence. The food was authentic and delicious. The desk workers went or of their way to make sure everyone was taken care of. It is close to the university, walking distance to and from restaurants, metro, and supermarkets. A great pool to cool off in on hot afternoons."
Melissa Stephens. Harviel, TN
"Outstanding instructors who focused on giving as much as possible in order of the students to learn as much as possible in the program; well known professors of Complutense, what a privilege!!"
Melissa Stephens. Harviel, TN
"Dr. Ruiz did an outstanding job of taking care of everyone and it is amazing how he knew everyone's name. He is terrific - A success!. Fabio is the man behind the scene who gives everyone a shoulder when they need one and who everyone could go to when they had a question; he was always willing to lend an ear."
Melissa Stephens. Harviel, TN
"I had four amazing professors. They were all incredibly helpful and I learned an enormous amount. They had no problem repeating instructions, etc. until the class understood completely."
Jihan Allay, New Castle, PA
"The entire staff (directors, reception, cafeteria, maintenance) were absolutely fantastic! They were always helpful, extremely friendly and a great source of information."
William Wood, Cary, NC
"The summer faculty at UCM were great. They have a great deal of experience working with and understanding foreign students. I will miss them all, and hope we meet again."
William Wood, Cary, NC
"The instructors were for me the best part of the program. They were willing to help us improve our language skills and abilities."
L. Baskinger, New Hartford, NY
Robin Williams, Carmichael, CA
"Instructors were very helpful, they made an effort to make sure every student knew what was being taught. They had all of the students involved in discussions or activities."
Neel Sodha, Anahein, CA
"They were the greatest! I learned so much from them in just 2 weeks, and they were so pleasant."
Kristen Tatroe, Brookfield, CT
"The instructors were great. I learned as much, if not more Spanish in one month, than in probably all my Spanish years in high school. They were also extremely nice, which made the learning environment more relaxed."
Dusanne Buranathanit,Greensburg, MI
"The atmosphere of each class was that learning was the most important thing."
Shannon L. Arndt, Colorado Springs, CO
"The instructors were terrific."
Blake Borgeson, Austin, TX
"Absolutely fantastic!! They were fun, interesting, accommodating, clever, friendly."
Nancy Rahn, Valparaiso, IN
"My teachers were great, they really kept me interested for the entire 4 hours. In all my classes, the teachers allowed and encouraged our questions about Spanish language and culture."
Lauren Blondeau, Houston, TX
"My teachers were all wonderful; Amalia was the sweetest, most flexible, and encouraging teacher I have ever had. She made the atmosphere for my conversation class very open and comfortable."
Jessica R. Hansen, Kalamazoo, MI
"I can't say enough about all the excellent instructors; extremely knowledgeable, very patient and cordial to all students."
Beatriz Fleischer, Woodland Park, CO
"I would like to commend the professors for their extensive knowledge and their great enthusiasm in teaching their classes. I learned a lot from them and enjoyed their classes immensely. I think the combination of courses were a perfect blend to deepen student's knowledge of language, culture, history and literature of Spain."
Eliane Zima, Green Bay, WI
"The instructors were great! They were professional and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from them. I enjoyed all the classes and learned something from all of them. I took lots of notes so I could bring this information back with me."
Mary Kuhn, Wichita, KS
"I really got a better understanding of Spanish, because the professors took their time to make sure that everyone participated."
Shvon Smith, Houston, TX