Finding inspiration in Chile Past Review

By (University of Rochester) - abroad from 02/19/2019 to 06/07/2019 with

IES Abroad: Santiago - Health Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
In addition to my Spanish skills improving immensely, I was also exposed to issues with the health system in Santiago and Chile, and became very inspired.

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IES Abroad: Santiago - Health Studies Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

I learned so much about myself and the chilean culture during my time abroad, and absolutely loved the country. I was challenged in so many different ways that really fostered my self-development.


* 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? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Public transportation is quite expensive in Santiago, so I would recommend biking or walking as much as possible. There is this great shared-bike system in Santiago called Mobike which I used.


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced Spanish Composition
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? I advise future students to use the language whenever possible, whether it is speaking Spanish to your host-family or other IES students.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The internship with the Public Health organization in Santiago.
  • Living with a host-family and speaking Spanish.
  • The beautiful nature that Chile has to offer.
* What could be improved?
  • The host-families.
  • Orientation.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not much in particular, but I would suggest students to not overpack, but consider the fact that winter can be very cold in Chile due to the lack of heating systems.

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.'