Buenos Aires – Pretty Solid! January 24, 2024

By (International and Global Studies, Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/24/2023 to 12/24/2023 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely a worthwhile experience. Gained a lot of linguistic experience + perspective around the world around me.

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 was not too too intense, I thought having a few more linguistic supports (eg. time spent on grammar during orientation) could have been helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great administration on-site

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great host family, solid support from administration

* Food:

Wanted to be vegetarian while I was there, but just felt too awkward requesting that much accomodation from my host family. Great food though.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Program encouraged full engagement

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Great insurance, solid hospital partnership Some translation issues from English-Spanish

* Safety:

Felt safe as a tall white male, but obviously a lot of privledge in that. Safety advice provided by program was super useful. Key to listen to that advice + advice from host family.

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

I loved getting better at Spanish, experiencing life at a foreign university, seeing Buenos Aires, and traveling throughout Argentina!


* 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)

Pretty easy to make it happen, a little harder when I wanted to experience the culture

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~$60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book trips ahead of time, avoid imported food (eg. peanut butter)


* 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

Middlebury language pledge + taking all my classes in the target 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 355
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? Make sure to take some breaks from it!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Courses
  • Language exposure
  • Buenos Aires Culture
* What could be improved?
  • Linguistic learning support
  • Orientation to the city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How important rest + pacing is

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Public Policy

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Manuel Mera
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: A ton of reading, but fairly simple. One ten-page paper, one 16 page group paper + presentation. Accomodating, engaging professor who taught in a style similar to my US profs
Credit Transfer Issues: Fairly simple process.
Course Name/Rating:

Foreign Policy of Argentina

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Bruno Dalponte
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Would have appreciated having more economic base, but was super interesting. One exam, one 15 page final paper. Participated a little less than I would have at home - pretty lecture-heavy
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A
Course Name/Rating:

History of Latin America

Course Department:
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Challenging - needed more background knowledge. One audiovisual presentation, one final paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A