Study Abroad in Valparaíso Past Review

By (Anthropology, Spanish, University of Maine at Orono) for

API (Academic Programs International): Valparaíso, Chile - Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All my classes turned out to be great, I did have one film class that wasn't so useful being that the movies weren't in Spanish but other than that it was a great experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Karla organized so much for us and went way out of her way to help us, make us feel comfortable. She personally helped me on all sorts of school work, paper-work, she was a great teacher. Karla would put dinners on for us and this was some of the best authentic Chilean cuisine I experienced. Thanks so much Karla!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everything went so smooth with my host family. They were just awesome, everything was just as it should be. Thanks to the Silva family!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 400 level
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I lived with a host family, so I got a daily dose of Spanish. All of my classes were in Spanish so that was really useful. Many teachers could speak english but frowned against it, I did speak a lot of English to the other study abroad students though. All in all it was a lot of Spanish on a daily level.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans