Absolutely Unforgettable! Past Review

By (Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences., None) - abroad from 10/02/2014 to 12/03/2014 with

Study Abroad Programs in Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This program was completely worthwhile and I would participate in it again in a heartbeat!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

You simply cannot beat classes with local spanish speaking students! We not only improved our grammatical understanding of spanish through writing, presentations, etc. but through speaking with students your age we gained knowledge of the local dialect furthering our abilities to communicate with all of the locals.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living at the Pucon Kayak Hostel provided the perfect setting for our program. Lots of regional and international travelers moved through the Hostel, further enriching the experience and providing us opportunities to make friends and kayak partners from across the world!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Cultural Integration was amazing in this program. From local community service projects, studying at the local university, and making friends and spending time with local peers, I felt like I could actively participate as a member of the community.

* 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


* 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? $30-40


* 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? High School Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Lifelong friends and lessons!
* What could be improved?
  • coordination with home universities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would want to budget more time to spend kayaking after the program!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.