Incredible semester in Buenos Aires Past Review

By (Tulane University) - abroad from 07/18/2016 to 12/19/2016 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned key independent life skills and the value of learning another language and culture.

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.

The classes I took were challenging but interesting. They offered a unique perspective on economic and political relations from a non-U.S. standpoint. The professors were incredibly understanding about the language barrier.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was incredible. We got to go to our directors' (they are married) house a few times and they were so welcoming. You can tell they care about us all and wanted to make sure our experience was going well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I absolutely love my host family. They were so welcoming and did such a good job including me in their activities, while allowing me to maintain my own space. They all had studied abroad as well so they really understood what I was going through.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced

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?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host family
  • University
  • Other students I met
* What could be improved?
  • More trips through the program
  • Better orientation of the city at the beginning
  • Ability to choose university once you see them all
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more differences between the universities we could attend.