¡Una Experiencia Espectacular! July 12, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/19/2018 to 06/04/2018 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 learned a new language and about gender and race politics in other countries.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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

I would choose my program because my experience was amazing. I learned so much about Chile’s language, culture, history, my experiences in Chile were very insightful, and the beautiful people I met impacted me in ways I could never imagine. Studying anroad in general gives you greater perspective, but my program was so unique and, it will always stick with me.

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30-$50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you like to adventure and want to buy souvenirs or try cool local cuisines, then bring extra cash.

Language

* 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

Puro Español 😁

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? Intermediate Spanish- level 30
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Never give up. If you feel embarrassed or overwhelmed with your inability to communicate effectively. Keep trying because you’ll only improve with every mistake.

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursion
  • Homestay
  • People in my program
* What could be improved?
  • Selection of teaching staff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i went into the program knowing that it’s ok to ask for help and really reach out and use my resources.

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.