NYU in BA was OK Past Review

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New York University: Buenos Aires - NYU in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very worthwhile. Learned a lot about myself and being independent. The ex-pat community in BA is also great. Do not use the NYU suggested phone plan. It is wayyy over priced and there were tons of complications. Instead, go to Claro or one of the other mobile service providers and purchase a SIM card that you can add money too as you need it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

You can choose to take courses in either English or Spanish or do a combination of both. I took two courses in English and two in Spanish. Three of my four professors were excellent. My courses in English were taught by Argentine professors, which added a unique perspective. My Argentine culture class, conducted in Spanish, was excellent as well. I made the mistake of taking Advanced Grammar and Compostion. This is a VERY technical course and did not help me further my goals of studying abroad, mainly to improve my conversational spanish. The course would be great if I was a Spanish major and planning on writing long academic papers, but I'm not and I don't. The work-load was not too bad. Compared to my home university, it was actually refreshingly manageable. For my government class conducted in English, I would usually have one 30-page reading assignment for each class (which met twice a week). Grading was generally very fair as well. The professors like to see that you are putting in effort. NYU in BA also offers free tutoring, which was very helpful (particluarly for Adv. Grammar and Comp.)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This is still a realitvely new site for NYU, so they still have a few kinks to work out, but overall, they did a good job meeting the students needs. The semester I was there was the largest group of students they have had to date, so they were still making adjustments for us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I did a homestay for the full 4 months of my time in Buenos Aires, which was a very long time to live in someone else's house. Like many homestays around the world, families take in students as a source of income. My family was no different, however they were very nice. I had a single room and there was another student in my program that had a single room in the house. Our 5 host-siblings also lived in the hosue, so it was very crazy and crowded. Dinners were always fun though, sometimes with nearly 11 people sitting around the dining room table. The apartment was in an excellent location (Recoleta) and was very clean.

* Food:

We were provided dinner 6 nights a week. It was usually good, however, Argentines do not eat as many vegetables or salads as Americans so I felt as though I was constantly asking for salads and going out of my way to buy vegetables.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is a very rich culture in Argentina, which makes it so fun! From food, to dance, to film, to architecture, to its very history, everything is celebrated. NYU in BA did a decent job of notifying us of local events through a semi-weekly newsletter and their facebook account. They offered several optional excursions (to an estancia, to a soccer game, etc). Included in the program is one weekend away. Previously, they had taken all the students to Igazu Falls, which is supposed to be fabulous. However, because of the increase in enrolment of students on this program, they took half of the group to Cordoba instead. Cordoba is nowhere near as exciting as Igazu, so that was very unfortunate and a little unfair.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

NYU in BA has its own doctor on staff that comes in twice a week. This is very helpful if you need a perscripton or if you feel a little sick and don't know what the equivalent over the counter medicine is.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

While I definitely feel my language skills improved while abroad, I don't necessarily contribue the improvement to my classes. I chose not to take all my classes in Spanish, which obviously impacted my immersion experience. I used the most Spanish while living with a homestay and going out and meeting locals.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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* Who did you live with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I chose this program for two reasons: 1. The calendar. It ends in the beginning of June, which allows you to be back in the US for the summer and pursue an internship, which most of the other study abroad programs in BA don't allow for because they are based on the Argentine educational calendar. 2. The choice to take classes in Spanish. While my Spanish was decent, it was not great and I needed to take courses that I would apply to my major at my home institution, thus I wanted to understand those courses fully.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Advanced Grammar and Compostion

Course Department: Spanish Dept
Instructor: Beatriz
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Very difficult course if not a Spanish major or minor. Super technical and did not help improve my conversational spanish. While the course was conducted completely in Spanish, the content of the course was not useful for day to day living in a Spanish speaking country. We learned things like how to identify the type of clause of a sentence...which I will never need to know, so that was very frusterating.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transfering credits.
Course Name/Rating:

Argentine Political Economy

Course Department: Political Science/Economics
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a great course for someone who did not have any previous economics experience. The professor did a great job of explaining some basic economic theories and applying them to Latin America/Argentina. The class was a mix of students who had never taken econ (like me!) to those that were Econ majors. All took away something new from the course, however.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issue transfering credits.
Course Name/Rating:

Mass and Popular Culture: Argentina from Gaucho to Maradona

Course Department: Sociology?
Instructor: Pablo
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This course was very laid back and very fun. The professor was awesome and did an excellent job of describing the various phases of culture in Argentina through film, song, and literature.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transfering credits.
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Latin American Politics: Democracy and Dictatorship

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Robert Barros
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was course provided a good introduction to Latin American politics with particular concentration on the forms of governing. We reviewed the politcal history of many Latin American countries and discussed various theories relavant to the field.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transfering credits.