A true experience Past Review

By (Public Health, Brandeis University) - abroad from 05/21/2018 to 07/13/2018 with

CIEE: Buenos Aires - Summer Community Public Health

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more patience and I believe it was 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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was not always extremely organized, which was difficult at times when plans kept on changing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with two lovely families and would do it again in a heartbeat.

* Food:

I never had a problem with the food, everything was extremely delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated, I learned the bus system, the subway system, my neighborhood and so much more so well.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I know those who needed medical care were able to get the care they needed right away

* Safety:

It's a big city and just like any city, you should keep an eye on your things

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? The first three weeks in Buenos Aires was 10 or so dollars a day and then in Concepcion it was 1 dollar for a meal at the university, however, shopping for clothes or things along those lines were expensive, more than in the states
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely go to places locals go to, ask your host family for suggestions for food and whatever else you are looking for


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I did the IB dual language diploma, so I took Spanish Literature.
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't be afraid to speak, say whatever you want to

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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  • Americans
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?
  • My friends
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
  • I think more programmed activities together
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Where I was going to stay and the place I would stay for my fieldwork