Eye Opening, Out of your comfort zone September 10, 2023

By (Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature, Haverford College) - abroad from 02/28/2023 to 07/15/2023 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to enjoy my life more. To travel and realize that there is so much more out there than just Haverford.

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 classes are not as hard as in Haverford, but the grading is. So for example the workload is less, there are no weekly readings and the class participation and engagement are less. But the grading on the individual tests are harder and the rubrics are really strict.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host family can be tricky after being used to living on your own or in a college dorm. But the experience overall was okay. It's definitely a learning process and it takes you out of your comfort zone.

* Food:

The food is not the best unfortunately.

* 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

Yes, I gained a lot from it and it gave me a very specific vision of the world.


* 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)

It was very easy giving the fact that the host family also cooks for you. In the rent you pay includes food so that's a great resource so you don't spend money on regular days.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a weekly budget and plan your trips in advance!! Also if you can travel outside Chile, then do it so your tourist visa gets automatically extended rather then paying for an extension.


* 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? Fluent
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? 300

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?
  • The traveling
  • The people
  • Host family
* What could be improved?
  • More organized meetings with program advisor
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The restriction of living with a host family.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.