¡ Exploramos la Salud Publica de Argentina ! Past Review

By (Community Health and Preventive Medicine., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) for

CIEE: Buenos Aires - Summer Community Public Health

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My future plans have definitely focused more on environmental health, just from learning about the pollution and water problems that are occurring in Argentina. I learned about a health care system that is public and private. My experience abroad has definitely finalized the idea that I want to work in a health related field in a different country for a few years.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: FLACSO y Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I think the workload was very appropriate for the study abroad experience. The grading system was reasonable and aligned very well with the expectations at my home university as well. The teaching methods were very good. I would like to work more often in small groups and give mini presentations because I think it would help with comfort talking in a different language in front of an audience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration while in Argentina was amazing. The class size was perfect at right around twenty people, with smaller sizes for language class. The professors were very helpful and always willing to meet with us or answer questions that appeared. The knowledge that the professors had of the American school system and health care system really helped to enhance the program because they were able to draw comparisons and show how the two systems related to one another. The only weakness to the program that I could think of is the delay in information received before the program. I applied for the program in late January, but did not hear any valid information about the program until a month before I was supposed to show up in Buenos Aires. This was kind of annoying while trying to buy a plane ticket because of prices and preplanning.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing set up was wonderful with the program. The families were amazing, very helpful, and the neighborhoods were very safe and welcoming.

* Food:

the food offered was perfect. I do not have dietary restrictions but those in my group that did were abel to find food just fine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

we went to Iguazu, which is a gorgeous national park, with huge waterfalls. Our group really bonded that weekend, students and professors. Visiting native villages, school buildings, and eating traditional food was absolutely phenomenal. Going to a fútbol game was our first activity that was really fun, the energy of the crowd in the stadium was unimaginable.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Healthcare was easily accessible and the professors were there to help with any questions. As far as safety, the program professors did a good job of explaining what parts of town were safer than others, which cities to visit during the day and to stay away from later in the evening / night. All of the apartments had doormen who checked you in, and my neighborhood had a policeman on the corner of every block in the morning and in the evening so I felt very safe.

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
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced speaking in spanish with my classmates, professors, and local citizens. I needed to use spanish everyday because our classes were all taught in spanish. Professors and citizens could speak english, but we rarely used english with them unless, as a class we really just didn't understand what they were trying to say- but that didn't happen very often. The professors were very good at discussing and describing class material in terms that we all could relate to and understand.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The Staff
  • The trip to Iguazu
  • The possibility of going to a different city for the second month to partake in a more hand on experience and personal contact with healthcare professionals
* What could be improved?
  • Faster communication before starting program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are even considering this program DO IT! The faculty and staff are incredible, Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with plenty of history and fun neighborhoods to explore after class and on the weekends. If you are interested in public health, medicine, pub health administration or healthcare policy this program would be highly valuable. You learn about a health care system completely different than the one in the US, you move to a developing country and experience the healthcare transition spectrum from facilities that are using paper files, to those that have started to implemented electronic files. The process is very interesting to see.