Challenging but rewarding December 16, 2022

By (Africana Studies, Davidson College) - abroad from 08/24/2022 to 12/06/2022 with

SIT Study Abroad: Argentina - Social Movements and Human Rights

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My abroad experience was worthwhile but I wish I had a better mental health support system on hand that the program provided.

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.

* 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?

The experience itself is extremely isolating, as you take the classes within your program group and don't get much exposure meeting the locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The therapy for women of color is not very accessible. The therapists they provide for in general POC is not very good/doesn't exist.

* Safety:

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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Friends on the program
  • Internship experience
  • Host mom
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health resources for POC
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that this was NOT a completely immersive program. It was not as rigorous or strict with the language than I had expected.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'