Perfectly amazing and life changing September 14, 2022

By (Politics, 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?
I gained a lot of confidence and self assurance. So so worth it.

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.

Most rigorous part was conducting my ISP, I enjoyed it but wish the process to choosing your ISP was a bit longer.

* 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:

Valparaíso has its safety issues but they felt like the common issues usually found in big cities. I never felt unsafe.

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

I absolutely loved my program, it was intense and tiring so many times but it pushed me in so many ways. I met truly incredible people in Chile and learned so much, everyday felt surreal!


* 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? Less than or equal to $100 each week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save your money for one big trip rather than several! Go on small trips and then splurge on a bigger trip with people you trust.


* 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? 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? 3rd year college spanish
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? Hang out with your family and speak with them! It's good to mess up around them, they want to help. Spend as much time as you can with them.

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?
  • The people
  • My research
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • ISP Proposals
  • More rest time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How long my days would be

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!