What Did I Miss? August 29, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 03/01/2017 to 07/18/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would say more confidence to speak in English. I was very timid in Spanish due to my language ability.

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.

Academic rigor and intensity was not as strict Middlebury.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing on-site administration. People in charge are there for you 100%.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My first housing arrangement had some issues but were resolved with new arrangements.

* Food:

Good food throughout the city.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never felt insecure.

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

My issue was my regret for not fighting harder to go to a Mexican program. Additionally, Argentina is very European and I would say stands out from the rest of Latin America.

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)

Relatively easily. Issue was my emphasis on eating good food.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Couldn't say
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If possible try to do laundry yourself rather than through a service.

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? Advanced
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? Content Language Courses
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? None.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Friends made
  • Food
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Housing Arrangements
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely try to save more money.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduccion a las Relacciones Internacionales

Course Department: Ciencas Politicas
Instructor: Mariano Turzi
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Amazing course with an equally amazing professor who is wide respected and important within his field of study.
Credit Transfer Issues: None.
Course Name/Rating:

Politicas Exterior Argentina

Course Department: Ciencias Politicas
Instructor: Francisco Corgliano
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: None