Best decision I ever made Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/15/2018 to 12/19/2018 with

CIEE: Buenos Aires - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Dramatically improved my Spanish, totally immersed myself in Argentinian culture, handled a long and complicated professor strike with difficulty but gracefully.

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.

Great professors, fascinating classes. I was there for 3-month student and docent strike, unfortunately.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Had the loveliest hosts.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Fantastic night life, great music, students are very social

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Generally safe, but pickpocketing can be a problem like any big city, and there are some muggings

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 much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Go out! And talk to local students in your classes. Revel in the fact that outside of class, nobody cares about your grammar.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great professors
  • Fantastic group of students
  • Amazing city
* What could be improved?
  • Better responsiveness to professor strikes (if applicable)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing, it's best to go with no expectations