Two of the best weeks of my life Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., SUNY - College at Geneseo) - abroad from 12/29/2012 to 01/13/2013 with

SUNY Geneseo: Buenos Aires - Environmental Conflicts and Initiatives

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned all about the urban environment and the ways that the city's various organizations are attempting to deal with it's problems. Also, learned more about the culture than I ever imagined and by being forced to speak the language constantly, was able to hold conversations throughout the trip. There is no better way to learn a language.

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:

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)

This was based on my personal decision to spend more though, not necessarily the trip itself.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250-$300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat cheap lunches.


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 301-Composition
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? If you've taken Spanish in the past, do a little brushing up on the basics just prior to the trip. No serious study, but enough to hold a basic conversation.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The group of people
  • The culture
  • The city atmosphere
* What could be improved?
  • More time with students from Buenos Aires
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The fact that I was going to basically be forced to speak lots of Spanish--would liked to have brushed up a bit.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.