Argentina, where you learn to live without regrets. Past Review

By (Spanish Language and Literature., University of Maine - Farmington) - abroad from 07/05/2012 to 12/18/2012 with

Spanish Studies Abroad: Córdoba - Semester, Year or Summer in Argentina

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I guess I already knew this, but the idea that life is about the time spent with la gente buena, rather than what you've got in your pocket or in the bank is the biggest piece that I took away.

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:

Always, ALWAYS get the best possible insurance on anything of value. Robberies and break-ins are apparently quite common, so just don't be that naive yankee waving an iphone around...

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

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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't worry about the money. You're in a foreign country and if the entire time is spent fretting about costs, you'll lose out in the experience.

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

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? Spanish 2
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? Think in the other language. Talk to yourself, but in the other language. Just do it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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 host family I was placed with.
* What could be improved?
  • Put kids in classes with Argentines! It makes it so much harder to make local friends without the classroom aspect........
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? They are just like us here, but with a more mature laid-back gene-structure. No need to buy new clothes or anything. We were told that they wear euro-style suits and stuff all the time. Not the case, in Córdoba anyway..

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Argentina y su diversidad regional

Course Department:
Instructor: Daniela
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: If you have the opportunity to take this class with Daniela, I highly recommend it. She was always ready to teach us what we wanted to know, and in ways that interested us. Plus it's super interesting material
Credit Transfer Issues: