Buenos Aires: Great City, Time Consuming Classes Past Review

By (Urban Studies/Affairs., Trinity University) for

IFSA: Buenos Aires - Argentine Universities Program, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was very worthwhile. My cultural awareness has grown.

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.

Workload was manageable. Teaching methods were rough for those who weren't completely fluent in the language. Caliber of students was very high.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was great and helpful until the very end. We experienced many flight difficulties when we were all trying to leave back for the United States. The administration practiced a pretty "hands-off" approach, leaving many students unaware of how long we would be in the country, and many of us were left without a place to stay...

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Eating at restaurants was more than enjoyable, food was amazing. Eating cheaply often correlates with eating unhealthy foods, as their idea of "healthy" differs vastly from Americans'.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Party scene is excellent, no complaints. Also, my trip to Mendoza staying in a hostel was probably one of the most memorable and positive experiences I had the entire time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

1/8 of people on trip had something stolen.

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? 2000 totals for a six/seven week program is pretty doable.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Expense of food is higher than you would expect, if you eat out a lot prepare to spend a lot of money. Also, alcohol is not necessarily cheap either.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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?
  • City
  • Freedom
  • Professors/Staff
* What could be improved?
  • Class Commitment Time
  • Arrival/Departure Assistance from Staff
  • Earliness of Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are more of a serious student and want to gain the majority of your experiences from the classroom, this program can be great. If you want a lot of "me" or "us" time to explore with your friends, you will be hard-pressed finding enough time to go out and feeling like you were able to do so sufficiently after you get back.