Holistically Amazing August 29, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/25/2019 to 07/24/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt the importance of going into new experiences with the least amount of expectations possible. Very worthwhile!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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?

Couldn't be happier with my housing!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Program always assisted!

* Safety:

You just need to be aware, and make it clear to others that you are aware!

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

My host family really made the experience for me! And everything else was just amazing.

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)

If you budget food you're good. Depends on what the dollar is worth at the time though.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a weekly meal plan for yourself, especially if you're going to cook. The healthier you eat the cheaper the food honestly.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? about 350
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? Speak to your host family!!!

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
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?
  • Host Family
  • Events
  • Program Leaders
* What could be improved?
  • Not sure.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Political history is good info to go in with

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:

Clinica Psicopedagogia

Course Department: Pedagogia
Instructor: Profesora Ripa y Giulanelli
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: A ton of writing but it was amazing because we also did a bit of field work!
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Course Name/Rating:

Literatura Hispanoamericana

Course Department: Letras
Instructor: Profesor Barisone y Profesora Pezzuto
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Very challenging because the literature was mostly very old and dense but worth it if this is where your interest lie.
Credit Transfer Issues: