Buenos Aires: The Fact and Fiction Past Review

By (Spanish, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. despite the inevitable setbacksa and frustrations, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My host university was a bit disorganized at first. I had difficulty finding the available courses I could take and the instructions weren't very clear on how to apply for them. However, after I started my courses, they all were very interesting and challenging. The workload was medium. I was rarely swamped with homework but they definitely gave me a lot. I liked this program because I was able to take classes with students from the university, instead of just international students. I really appreciated how the professors engaged the students and how my classmates sincerely participated in the discussions and debates. This was something that unfortunately I hadn't seen very often in my home university. It seems that we U.S. students tend to focus on the specific grade rather than how the subject or area of study directly affects us in this world. I wasn't used to the testing system in Argentina. Basically (aside from a few quizzes here and there) we would take notes on all the lectures and have one final essay or exam. I found out that although this caused me to try and take more diligent notes, I preferred my university's method of chapter tests and mid-finals. I just feel it spreads things out a bit more and allows the student to pace his/herself with the workload. Overall, if you're taking classes you like, and you can keep up with the Spanish, it's a good university to study in.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were always helpful and informative when it came to a question or request I sent them through email. The program size is not too large (50-100 international students)so it is easy to talk with the coordinators. In Argentina, many people tend to take a long time processing documents or being punctual on things that require attention. I was somewhat disappointed in the amount of money we were given everyday for lunch. 5 dollars doesn't go a long way in Buenos Aires. It can if you are crafty, and know how to cook well (you can by really cheap meat, fruits & veggies in little stores). But overall it was a bit hard. Also, I think the cost of housing was a bit too expensive. I paid roughly 600 dollars a month

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very close to campus, which was a huge plus. I walked there everyday. My host family was an older couple who had had about 20 previous international students stay with them. They were very nice people, we had a lot of good food and conversation in their house. I guess I just didn't stay long enough to be able to really meet them. 4 months isn't that long when you are abroad

* 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:

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
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

All my classes were in Spanish. It was, however, easier than I expected to get along there. The professors know and take into consideration that you are an international students and will sometimes give you different (easier) exam or essay assignments. You will definitely need to use Spanish everday, although about 1/3 of the students probably speak English as it is required in many upper-level education fields outside of the U.S.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Total Classroom Immersion
  • Independent Learning & Experience
  • Location from House to University
* What could be improved?
  • Food and Housing Financial Accomodations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Keep speaking Spanish. Don't worry about sounding foolish - practice makes perfect.