Great travel and learning experience about the Argentine culture Past Review

By (Community Health and Spanish, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) - abroad from 03/05/2014 to 07/05/2014 with

ISEP Exchange: Buenos Aires - Exchange Program at Universidad del Salvador

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Host university lacked resources and the academic intensity was average

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

ISEP group only held 2 reunions throughout the semester.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Host family was not very inclusive.

* Food:

Meal stipend was not adequate.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The host university offered host students, but I had a bad experience with the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never was sick.

* Safety:

Lots of stolen phones, laptops, ipods. Threats of robbery.

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)

currently high exchange rate in argentina.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? save as much as you can!


* 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

only spoke the foreign language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 300 level courses
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? Talk the foreign language as much as you can

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • international alumni
* What could be improved?
  • host family
  • host university's exchange office administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have chosen a different program or known more information about the host university before hand and the host family situation. I would of liked to live with another student. The family was not very interactive.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'