Atacama to Antarctica January 20, 2023

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/27/2022 to 12/15/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to really dive into the host culture and live as a student abroad. I made lasting relationships and memories that I will treasure. Definitely worthwhile!

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.

The education I received was relatively good, as I took classes at a host university in Spanish.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was a bit hands-off, meaning that we were very independent and kind of on our own. They told us this beforehand--the program is designed to be hands off. But, it would have been better if the administrators in Chile were a bit more organized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

chilean food is very good, especially the seafood, pork, and bread

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It is difficult to integrate with chileans, though they are very friendly

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got my 4th Covid booster while in Chile, and the appointment was simple and fast.

* Safety:

Santiago is less safe than it was in the past, though I never felt unsafe persay. Just take security precautions and be careful.

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


* 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)

chile is relatively expensive for a Latin American country, though cheaper than parts of the US

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? pay in cash or have an international credit card that does not get fees for international use


* 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? Beginner
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? 200-level college spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?
  • Location
  • Traveling
  • University
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Practice Spanish more before you leave. For real, do it

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'