Language immersion in Santiago Past Review

By (Colby College) - abroad from 02/27/2019 to 07/15/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Confidence in Spanish and independence living in a city alone.

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.

I loved my independent study advisor and my internship. The university I attended in Chile was great as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Directors were available to help and we often saw Juan, which was great. I found that the program could sometimes ask too much of ya and many students seemed overwhelmed by the additional work that the program assigned in addition to classes, internship and independent study.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I got along with my host mom but was not often cooked for and was left alone often, and I did not have a family since her children lived elsewhere. I was allowed to switch after 3 months but that process was made difficult by the on-site administrators.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The language pledge, cultural outings, internship and mentors helped me feel very integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Juan accompanied me to the hospital once and was very helpful. However, I would recommend that Middlebury update their list of therapists in Chile. I met with someone who was not fluent in English although she was promised to be, and was quite expensive and not quite effective. On my own, I then found another therapist, but it took a long time.

* Safety:

Transportation safety could be difficult because taxis are quite dangerous but overall it was easy and safe.

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

I learned a lot of Spanish and loved my academics.


* 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)

Santiago was averagely expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100


* 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? A conversation and composition course, 5th level at my college.
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • 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?
  • Spanish immersion
  • Internship
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health resources
  • Too many extra academic reqs
  • Organization of meetings
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To be patient and forgiving with yourself.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Culture class

Course Department: Middlebury
Instructor: Juan pastene
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This course was interesting but could have been a lot more organized. We were often notified the day before and we all had different schedules so it was hard to figure out timing.
Credit Transfer Issues: