Santiago: Metropolitan Heart of Latin America Past Review

By (international political economy, Fordham University) for

Syracuse University: Santiago - Syracuse University in Santiago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. It helped academically, socially and culturally. I learned so much on many different levels.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: CEDEI, Universidad de Chile,
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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The advisers were always available to help. The program size was perfect, not too big nor too small. All in all, great 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Transportation ended up being a big expense. Otherwise, there wasn't a huge need to buy food as your host family was responsible for providing all meals.


* 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? Spanish Language and Literature
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with my host family, other students, professors and friends. Very few people spoke English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program is what you make of it. You can either choose to spend the bulk of the time with other US students or completely immerse yourself in the culture. Chileans are extremely friendly and always willing to help. Any student open to a different culture and lifestyle should do this program. Also should be looking to learn/improve their Spanish.