Buenos Aires: A Unique City With An Intriguing Culture Past Review

By (International Political Economy, Fordham University) for

CIEE: Buenos Aires - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a great experience and has definitely inspired me to explore other parts of Latin America.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: La Universidad Catolica Argentina
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was manageable. The grading system is different and while some of the direct enrollment classes seem impossible, the classes for study abroad students are the right amount of challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The coordinators are very helpful if you go to them- just remember that they're there for you if you need them!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was very welcoming and generous. Although at times it simply is weird to be living with another family, it was overall great and I would definitely recommend it.

* Food:

My host family was very generous about food. The food there in general is a bit blander than I was accustomed to, but that's just something I had to accept.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We went on a trip to Jujuy in Northwestern Argentina as well as to an asado and saw a gaucho show in the countryside.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Use your city awareness & you'll be fine. Petty crimes may occur but nothing serious is prominent. Doctors prescribe meds for anything and everything.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just be prepared to spend money on travel.


* 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? A 3000 level Spanish course
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Spanish all the way!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's a very different experience so be prepared to have your ups and downs but immerse yourself in the culture and you'll be able to appreciate this South American city with strong European influences. It's a huge city with so much to explore and see and do! It's also very laid-back & overall the people are very friendly.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Multiculturalismo y Etnicidad

Course Department:
Instructor: Silvia Hirsch
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Incredibly interesting! Professor Hirsch is very knowledgeable on the subject and it really helped me to learn about different aspects of the Argentine culture which I might have otherwise never became aware of.
Credit Transfer Issues: