Buenos Aires: Broadening Perspectives and Opening Linguistic Doors Past Review

By (Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies., Brandeis University) for

IFSA: Buenos Aires - Argentine Universities Program, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad helped me to get an even broader perspective of the world and how people work. I really enjoyed learning about myself and others, as well as new customs and cultural aspects.

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.

Since it was a quick 6-week summer program, I only took 2 classes. The workload allowed us to explore, travel, and have fun while still learning and getting a lot out of class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The support services, orientation, and overall organization was wonderful. I always felt supported and that my questions were answered.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I would talk for hours every evening over dinner with my host family, which was incredible. My host mom provided everything I could have asked for (within reason, of course), and was very helpful in helping me adjust and figure out where I could find what I needed in the city.

* Food:

Everything was delicious!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The weekend trip to Uruguay was incredible. I wish we could have spent a little more time exploring in Colonia del Sacramento, but it was an overall fantastic experience. I do wish we had more organized experiences with other university students, though.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe, though I felt safer when I spoke Spanish in public.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

I spoke Spanish with my host family, my professors, and most of my American friends as well. I tried to speak English as little as possible, though it still happened frequently. But I only spoke English with other Americans.

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
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You have to be willing to speak Spanish and learn from your own mistakes. Be open to new cultures, foods, customs, and ways of life, like with any travel experience.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Literatura Argentina y Latinoamericana

Course Department:
Instructor: Max Gurian
Instruction Language: EspaƱol
Comments: This course was incredible. I learned a LOT, felt comfortable asking questions, and was able to expand my ideas both in class discussions and in essays. The professor was phenomenal. A very good TEACHER who was able to effectively communicate complex ideas to non-native speakers.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues