Difficult but Interesting February 06, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/28/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved spending that amount of time in such a cool city

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.

It was not as good of quality as Middlebury College, and I felt the emphasis was only on language but not how interesting the classes would be

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There wasn't much help beyond making sure we were connected with the university. We were told we would get tutors if we needed them and that was not the case. They didn't know much about different classes.

* 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

It is the only program to do in Buenos Aires that emphasizes being more integrated with locals

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to cook for yourself

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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 301
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? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Buenos Aires
  • Host family
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health support and understanding that language pledge and mental health do not always go hand in hand
  • Provide tutors and more academic support
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That there would not be a lot of academic support from the program

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Relaciones Internacionales Contemporaneas

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Jorge Battaglino
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Pretty interesting
Credit Transfer Issues: No