I got out what I put in, and I put in a lot! January 29, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/18/2018 to 12/15/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile, I fell in love with the city and made awesome friends. I really felt pretty immersed in the culture of the city and I was extremely excited for that.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had appendicitis, the midd staff and Argentine health care system were both amazing accesible and a joy to work with! Could not have gone more smoothly, I am very grateful for them both!

* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 300
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? They just need to commit to it if they really want to learn it, there's no way around it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • My local friends
  • My homestay
  • My classes/soccer
* What could be improved?
  • Our grades shouldn't count or should be inflated automatically
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more Spanish so I could have jumped in faster

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Politica Exterior de Los Estados Unidos

Course Department: Ciencia Politica/Relaciones Internas
Instructor: Bruno Binetti
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: