A Semester of a Lifetime in Santiago, Chile Past Review

By (Chemistry and Spanish, Hope College) - abroad from 02/23/2015 to 07/10/2015 with

IES Abroad: Santiago - Study in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I am perfectly capable living in a foreign city and meeting friends when I don't know anyone. Santiago challenged me in that I had to speak a different language, live with a family I didn't know prior to arriving and meet new friends. I would go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Review Photos

IES Abroad: Santiago - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The program classes were interesting and I learned a lot in them but I still had time to explore the city and travel!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The people who worked for my program were amazing!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family and they treated me as one of their own

* Food:

My host mom was a really good cook and I never went hungry

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to get a yellow fever shot before I traveled to Peru and I was able to get it the week I asked to get it and at a very reputable hospital.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in Santiago.

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)

The food in Santiago was expensive as was pretty much everything else and I spent a lot of money on public transportation getting to and from my study abroad center.


* 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

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • People
  • I had to speak spanish
* What could be improved?
  • Public transport stipend
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more of how amazing the world is before going on this program. Prior to this program, I had only left the U.S. once and after getting to travel throughout Chile and Peru, I have the desire to keep traveling and experiencing the world!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!