Olivia, ISS Student (Spain)

ISS has helped me become really open-minded and learn about other cultures. It has given me the chance to explore other ways of learning as well as helped me meet lots of interesting people from different backgrounds.

I really like the teaching system here. It’s different in that we have big projects to test our understanding, while in Spain it was all written exams. I feel like having projects is more effective since it tests our understanding in a number of areas, such as concepts or team work, instead of testing us on how much we remember. For example, in grade 6 we had to build a model of a cave and an electrical system that went through it. In Spain, we would have had a one hour long exam with 10 questions, and you would get your grade based on how many you answered correctly.

My favourite thing about ISS is the diversity. My old school in Spain didn’t have much diversity, so I liked the change when I joined ISS. These 2 years in ISS have broadened my horizons a lot more than I thought they would, and I have been able to learn a lot at school as well as through my friends. I have been been able to experience a truly international environment, and I have met great people from all over the world, which has helped me become more open-minded and gain knowledge about other cultures.