An Fascinating Experience Abroad in Vina Del Mar, Chile! Past Review

By (International Business., Trinity University) - abroad from 07/27/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

ISA Study Abroad in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A global perspective on life. This experience makes me want to travel to other countries and explore culture and life there!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The On-site administration was very helpful and made my stay abroad at ease. They're a great resource ad can help with anything!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a little difficult in the beginning, due to the language barrier, but later on in the semester my Chilean family became real family to/for me!

* Food:

I ate what my Chilean family prepared me and I enjoyed the 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:

Just be aware of your surroundings. Don't stick out and make yourself a target.I didn't have any problems and got around perfectly fine.

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)

This is very different for everyone. I know how to budget my money and I was aware of the exchange rates. My program requires that the Chilean family provides 3 meals for the student. It's on the student how often they go out and eat and what type of food they want.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget/be aware of how much your spending and estimate the trips you want to take and how much money you may need so that you're not low on funds.


* 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

On the excursions, they would speak in Spanish and you have to respond in Spanish.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3rd Year Spanish University...6 semesters
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? Live with a Chilean family and force yourself to speak the language, even with locals. If someone speaks to you in English, respond in Spanish.

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
  • International 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?
  • Chilean Family
  • Opportunities to Travel
  • ISA Administration
* What could be improved?
  • Everyone's experience is different
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing...learning is a part of the experience!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!