Santiago: Learning and Exploring Past Review

By (Latin American Studies., The University of Texas at Austin) for

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile: Santiago - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to accept different cultures through a neutral filter and first try to understand and ask questions before judging. Try new things and push yourself beyond your limits.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

great host family

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Santiago is a fairly safe city, watch out for your bag and go in groups. Be aware of where you are.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Santiago is just as expensive as cities in the U.S. Be wary of taxi drivers who can frequently over charge foreigners.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure to push yourself to meet local people, go to local events and emerse yourself in the culture. It's easy to just stay with other foreign exchange students and speak English but go beyond and try new things.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Narrativa chilena y hispanoamerica

Course Department: letras, LET 105H
Instructor: Patricio Lizama
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: challenging but interesting
Credit Transfer Issues: no problems
Course Name/Rating:

Seminario de cultura chilena

Course Department: SAE002C
Instructor: Pablo Camus
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: interesting variety of subjects, the economics part of the class was a little too much for me to really understand
Credit Transfer Issues: no problems
Course Name/Rating:

Mujer y sociedad en Chile, siglos XIX y XX

Course Department: SAE003M
Instructor: Andrea Botto
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: interesting readings and discussions, not too challenging
Credit Transfer Issues: no problems