Buenos Aires: Growing, Challenging, but Overall...Rewarding. Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., University of Nebraska- Lincoln) for

ISA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was okay, but if I were to go back, I wouldn't go with a program. Instead, I would take language classes on my own and go with a religious organization. It was definitely a challenging experience. On the other hand, I had a ton of great experiences and opportunities to travel all over South America! It was worth it, although I would've changed a few things.

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.

The first two classes were far too easy for me. It had been awhile since I'd taken any Spanish, but I learned quickly and the classes went way too slowly for me. I asked in both levels to be moved up, but was denied both times, being told it would move faster over time. I wanted to move at a faster rate during the entire first two months. The third month was perfect and was much more of a challenge for me. There needs to be a much better test to place people in appropriate levels. I don't think the test was a very good indicator of Spanish level.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They needed to tell us about excursion plans farther in advance, but otherwise they did a good job. Also, it would have been nice to have more tutoring opportunities. It was very busy, not secluded, and very difficult to get in for a tutoring session after the first month.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment was the perfect location, but my host mother did not like me and made sure I knew it. She was get upset with me for every little thing I did and nothing I did was right in her eyes. It felt like I constantly had to "walk on egg shells" whenever she was around. My roommate, however, was great and was treated fine by our host mom. I definitely felt discriminated against. Part of it, I'm almost positive, was because I am a practicing Christian and she is an atheist. It definitely caused some tension. I did not feel like I was treated well and the food was not very healthy or varied. It was a really frustrating situation.

* Food:

The food was very repetitive (the same 5 or 6 meals every single week) and not very healthy. I was not very satisfied with it, especially after hearing about other students' food at their host homes.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

ISA did a great job, overall with excursions. The trip to Iguazu Falls was, by far, the best!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

ISA did a great job at preparing us for life in the big city as a foreigner.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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 practiced in my classes and outside with people I met. I needed the language on the streets with everyday interactions, but it was really easy to just stay around Americans the majority of the time since all of our classes were with other Americans. A lot of the people throughout the city could speak at least a little bit of english, but you still needed spanish to get around easily and well.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure you are prepared financially! Even though it appears the exchange rate is in your favor, it's very difficult to live cheaply. Also, if you're not happy with your host home, don't be afraid to switch! It makes a huge difference.