A time of great growth and fun February 20, 2023

By (Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies, DePauw University) - abroad from 08/30/2022 to 12/12/2022 with

SIT Study Abroad: Argentina - Public Health in Urban Environments

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about living in a big city, as well as improved my Spanish significantly. I believe that the program was worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were very useful to understanding Argentina's Health System. There were a lot of hands on activities and fieldwork that I truly enjoyed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrators were great. They were incredibly sweet and helpful. Sometimes scheduling changes occurred last minute, but it was due to the amount of traveling and programming we were doing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in donwtown Buenos Aires, very close to the university I was taking my classes in. I had a wonderful host mom and lived very close to various bus stops and subte stations.

* Food:

The program provided a stipend for lunch everyday and we had dinner and breakfast with the host families. I never felt as though I needed to spend excess money on food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My class schedule was incredibly busy and I spent most of my free time with other students on the program. Although I was close with my host mom and explored many cultural parts of the city, I did not find any friends within the country.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not experience any healthcare issues.

* Safety:

I felt as though Buenos Aires was very safe. We were given contact information of the program director upon arrival, and the only safety-related incidents were pick-pocketing or petty crimes.

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)

I never felt as though I needed to spend excess money on food. I spent most of my money on personal trips or nicer restaurants.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? In Argentina, use Western Union to get the blue dollar exchange rate.


* 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

The classes were all in spanish and the host families only spoke spanish. It was a full immersion program

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 300 level college course
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't be nervous about speaking with your host family or asking language questions. They are there to help you learn and incredibly sweet and helpful

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living in Buenos Aires
  • Having a host family
  • Traveling frequently
* What could be improved?
  • Communication ahead of time
  • Meeting more locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more Argentine spanish. The dialect and accent is very tricky in the beginning

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!