Brazil Frustrating Yet Unique Past Review

By (Latin American Studies, Tulane University) for

CIEE: Sao Paulo - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I gained confidence in all my studies and met some wonderful people.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Most classes were very helpful. Workload at the end of the semester in some of the PUC classes was a lot but manageable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Knowledge of some English was needed, but overall fine. Could have had better communication between CIEE and PUC

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Wonderful family that incoportated me into everything.

* Food:

Easy to know if food has gluten because food items must have a label.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Good field trips

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe yet use caution

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? 50 US dollars, maybe more
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Expensive for phone cards and metro cards


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 310
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Practice at all times and don't use Spanish!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Try to learn the public transportations and always use Portuguese