Losing my sh*t in Buenos Aires (literally) Past Review

By (Bentley University) - abroad from 02/27/2016 to 06/23/2016 with

IES Abroad: Buenos Aires - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned way too much to write in one paragraph! I learned how to handle myself in a new place, how to travel alone or with new people, how to communicate with people when you don't speak their language (I.e. Portuguese in Brazil), and so much more.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was great, a little disorganized, but that seems to be consistent in Argentina

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was amazing, I would encourage everyone to live with a host family at some point in their lives.

* Food:

It was unique and different and I loved it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was hard because my Spanish is only conversational, but I was able to integrate fairly well.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I spent a full day in the hospital, it was easy to get to, but very long to stay. Obviously the United States have a better healthcare system, but my host mother helped me more than anyone else (although administration did reach out). Only the normal vaccines for life (flu, tetanus, etc.)

* Safety:

It's the pickpocket capital of the world, you need to be careful.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I wouldn't have met the people I did or see the sights I got to or anything. I love my memories and wouldn't want to change them for anything.


* 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? Roughly 25 dollars a week, but averaged with travel costs and stuff, closer to 50-75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Realize that you don't HAVE to buy things all the time, buy bread, meat, and cheese and bring sandwiches to school, don't always buy food that you can make at home.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The culture and food
  • The people
  • Living in a city
* What could be improved?
  • The relationship with the host university
  • The scheduling and organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew better ways to take out money.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'