I love BA!! Past Review

By (Brown University) - abroad from 07/26/2013 to 12/13/2013 with

IES Abroad: Buenos Aires - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I gained new perspectives on different ways of life, and learned a lot about myself from being on my own and being independent.

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.

Not especially academically challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was with a host family and loved the experience. I highly recommend it.

* Food:

Amazing beef and steak, and empanadas of course.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Overall I felt pretty integrated, but I would have liked to be able to branch out more and speak more Spanish. With such a large program, it was too easy for me to hang out with only other Americans and speak English.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The staff
* What could be improved?
  • Advising about classes and local universities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to try harder to fully immerse myself and make friends with locals