A challenge that led to academic and personal growth. July 26, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/24/2019 to 07/12/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills, and I learned about my major (International and Global Studies with a regional focus in Latin America) from a different perspective. It was worthwhile.

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.

* 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?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I was able to significantly improve my Spanish language skills in a city with rich history and culture.

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? 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? 300-level
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? Read in Spanish and practice frequently with native speakers

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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
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?
  • Language immersion
  • Cultural immersion
  • Educational excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Health resources
  • Organization of activities and orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know that the Argentine education system and the teaching style at the local universities differs from the universities in the United States, and I wish I had researched that topic before going on the program in order to be more prepared for that aspect of the cultural shift.

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:

Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Course Department: Host Course
Instructor: Liria C. Evangelista de Gonzalez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging, the professor was well prepared and knowledgeable, I participated in class as often as I would at my home institution, and I completed 5 short papers.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Clinico Psicopedagogia en Adolescentes y Adultos

Course Department: Psychopedagogy
Instructor: Maria Ines Garcia Ripa and Giulia Giulianelli
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging, the professors were well prepared and knowledgeable, I participated in class as often as I would at my home institution, and I had written and oral exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not yet transferred the credit
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Literatura Hispanoamericana I

Course Department: Literature and Philosophy
Instructor: Jose Barisone and Marcela Pezzuto
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging, the professors were well prepared and knowledgeable, I participated in class as often as I would at my home institution, and I had written and oral exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not yet transferred the credit.