Abroad Experience is what you make of it - YOLO! Past Review

By (Neuroscience and Spanish, Tulane University) - abroad from 02/20/2012 to 07/07/2012 with

IFSA: Buenos Aires - Argentine Universities Program, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I'm fluent now, I gained a lot of new friends and an amazing host mom. Definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: UCA USAL IFSA Butler
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

* 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


* 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)

Food is really expensive.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy grocery store food and make it at home and bring a water bottle to fill up at home and take to school. I recommend a Bobble.


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 level classes
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to your friends in Spanish! It's awkward at first but helps so much. And make friends who are native to the country - it helps with the colloquial aspects of the language and it's fun!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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
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?
  • IFSA was amazing - so helpful
  • I Loved my host mom
  • Traveling!
* What could be improved?
  • Contact and support from home university
  • Budgeting tips
  • Put in contact with previous people who did the same program before you go
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More budgeting tips, what to bring to the specific country, what is and isn't acceptable to wear there