Valparaíso, Chile July 19, 2022

By (Sociology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/22/2022 to 06/06/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to rely on others, the importance of putting personal issues with other students aside for the sake of the program, how to advocate for myself

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.

Fairly rigorous, but they graded easily enough. Even if I was missing development of theory in a one page essay, I had opportunities to revise and received good grades overall.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The SIT team were amazing and helped us build a community while we were there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my homestay families and the support they provided me!

* Food:

I am celiac so it was very hard to find food at times. But the food was very good. Try the pastel de choclo!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had mandated quarantine after testing positive for COVID and had other health issues. The team helped and supported me immensely. The Chilean healthcare system is more affordable and slightly more accessible than the US.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $25-$50/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead if you want to do traveling on the weekends. Things are more affordable, but traveling can be expensive.


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Even if you think you'll make mistakes, keep going! You know more than you think! And beforehand, I would put your phone and computer in Spanish to practice.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
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?
  • The travels to Arica and Temuco
  • The internship/project
* What could be improved?
  • The lectures
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Read the entry directions twice. Bring host family gifts that are meaningful to you.

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.'