A semester full of fun, exploration, and independence January 08, 2024

By (Public Health, Rice University) - abroad from 08/22/2023 to 12/04/2023 with

SIT Study Abroad: Argentina - Public Health in Urban Environments

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I greatly improved my Spanish, and with the public health courses/activities my passion and future career goals were reaffirmed. I also learned a lot about myself living alone in a new city, as well as about relationships between friends, family at home, and my host family.

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 academics were not rigorous, but they were all interesting and worthy of effort.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

With classes and group activities, it can be hard to meet locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Stay smart! It is not unlike any big city in the United States. Keep vigilant and aware, but there's no need to be paranoid or limit activity for any reason.

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)


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate

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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  • 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?
  • Academic excursions
  • The city
  • Friends made in the program
* What could be improved?
  • Academic structure of assignments
  • Orientation on the culture of the country as it pertains to race/ethnicity
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take advantage of your time in the city! With academic excursions and trips, the time in Buenos Aires is more limited than expected. Take advantage of exploring the city, checking out new places, and hanging out with your friends.

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.