Amazing Adventures in Argentina! Past Review

By (Modern Languages and Cultures; Latin American Studies, Pace University) - abroad from 03/02/2012 to 06/23/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to trust more in my own abilities, and I definitely improved my Spanish. And of COURSE it was worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes that I took were designed for foreigners, and they were actually pretty lax, but I really liked that about them because it gave me more time to enjoy the tourist and cultural attractions of Buenos Aires.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were incredibly helpful people, and they always greeted everyone with a smile!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family! They really made the trip wonderful for me! I plan on keeping a close relationship even after the trip is over!

* Food:

Gotta love that Argentine beef and wine!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The host family, my program, and the dance group that I joined really helped me to meet people and get involved with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

You do have to be smart about your safety in Buenos Aires, but if you listen to and follow the advice of the program staff, you should be fine.

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)

* 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? About $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save a lot of money before-hand and budget!


* 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
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? Meet and become friends with the locals! That's the best way to practice!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My host family!
  • My new Argentine friends!
  • How much my Spanish improved!
* What could be improved?
  • The American kids tended to spend too much time together, but I'm not sure how that could be improved.
  • Nothing else really!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I should have brought more money with me!