One of the things I had always wanted to do was study abroad a long season. Obviously, taking a sabbatical is not always easy, so in the end I opted for study English for three weeks in Toronto in 2007.
For prepare a study stay abroad the first thing to do is choose a destination and language. I decided study English in Canada because this country had always attracted me as an ideal place to study or live. In addition, the fact that the Canadian dollar was cheaper than the American ended up opting for my choice. I was very clear that I wanted study in North America, although the plane ticket is always much more expensive than if you travel to Europe. In this sense, an interesting option to study English is London.
Residence where I stayed in Toronto
Once we know which destination we like and it fits our budget, we have to search for school and accommodation. The most practical thing is to do it through an agency specialized in language trips, as for example (www.esl.com.co). In this case, the agency is responsible for organizing both classes and accommodation and, if you want to study a long season, they also help process visas.
Campus cafeteria, on Wednesdays there was barbecue!
When it was time to choose the accommodation, I was quite clear: I preferred a residence much more That live with a family. Both options have their pros and cons. On the one hand, if you decide to take the course during the months of July and August, most likely, most students are Spanish and in the residence almost all the time is spoken in the native language. Instead, Living with a family can be a great initiative as long as it is involved with the student. Anyway, my advice is that if you like to be more independent and do the course outside of the summer months, opt for residence, since outside the summer the international atmosphere is usually greater and you will continue practicing the language once outside class. If you have no choice but to travel in summer, the best option is home stay, because in this way you will have a total linguistic immersion.
Toronto sausage stall in Toronto
In my case, I ended up staying in a residence sharing a room. There I made very good crumbs with my roommate Serena, an Italian Chinese, and also with Megumi, a Japanese girl with whom I met again in Osaka the following year during our travel through Japan.