Argentina--my home in another language Past Review

By (Biology and Spanish, Wartburg College) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was DEFINITELY worthwhile.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses I took were very easy, but that was not a bad thing. I thought that the easier course load provided many opportunities to explore the community and learn outside the classroom. The grading system was fine, and the professors overall were excellent.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site directors were excellent and very helpful. They were always available and helped with academic issues as well as issues with host families and in the community.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was great and very helpful throughout the entire experience.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My program did a great job of offering opportunities for students to become involved in the community.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city was very safe, but we discussed safety and health issues in orientation.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

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 (US)/week. Budget $20 for transportation and $30 for food, going out, and personal expenses. Budget more for travel around the country if that is a priority.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would recommend bringing 2 credit or debit cards to use at ATM´s and using one only in emergencies. I had one card "eaten" by an ATM and was glad to have an extra.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300-level (Junior level, topic-based courses)
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I tried to speak 100 percent Spanish. With my host family, this came naturally because English was not spoken in the home. In the community I always used Spanish. With other students in the program, I found it difficult to find students who wanted to speak Spanish only; most spoke English when not in class.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Studying in Argentina was the best decision I have ever made for myself. Learning and mastering a foreign language is a valuable skill, and the best way to do that is to live, hear, speak, and think that language 24/7. In the last six months, I have grown academically, become more independent, and learned how to view myself and the world from another hemisphere.