Apurate a Chile! Past Review

By (Sewanee: The University of the South) - abroad from 08/29/2017 to 12/11/2017 with

SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained confidence in myself speaking a second language and exploring a new country/city both on my own and with new friends. I will forever be grateful for this experience because while it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, I learned *so* much about myself and other

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I absolutely adored my academic advisors, and my professors. They were literally always available to any comments, concerns or questions the entire time

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I LOVED my host families. Me and my friends in the program actually talked several times about how well we were each placed into our homestay families. It felt like a really good fit, and if I had any issue ever, I knew I could talk to my mama and we could talk it out.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick twice, and it was very easily and painlessly managed. I just messaged one of my the administrators of my program and she talked me through everything and even came with me to the appointments. I did not need any particular vaccines for this program.

* Safety:

Just like any city, you must keep your wits about you and be smart. Never underestimate a crowd.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I fell in love with the city (Valparaiso) where we were located and the travelling and the independent study aspects of this program.


* 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

We were told to try and only speak in Spanish.

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? 4 courses of college level Spanish
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? Download duolingo for sure. It will help, but honestly nothing can totally prepare you for the complete immersion you'll be facing. That being said, you can totally do it!!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hotel
* 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?
  • Language encouragement
  • Cultural Immersion
* What could be improved?
  • Rigor of classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew I could bring more clothes than just what was listed on the packing list. Silly, I know....but I got real sick of my 5 t-shirts real quick.

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.'