Chile: Challenging though It will change you Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., Tufts University) for

Tufts Programs Abroad: Tufts in Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. I cannot tell you what I learned. It is something abstract, but it was the catalyst for everything I accomplished my senior year and there after.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universidad Católica; Universidad de Chile
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The education is what you make of it. The first semester I took a very easy course load because I wanted to travel to Chile, Peru and Argentina. The second semester I took a more challenging semester and my spanish skills improved greatly.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It is a really well organized program. If you have problems with the family, the process of switching host families is not difficult. They also give you a very detailed, even too detailed, orientation of Chile where you meet really interesting people in Chile. I would say it is one of the best programs from what I have seen in Chile, when I was there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had to switch host families twice. The first time because they were extremely neat and I had put on my application that I was not. The second, I got along really well with my host family but they were smokers in a small apartment. The third was a great fit during the second semester. I got my own little section and the family was really nice to be around. If you need to switch because you are not happy with the family, it is not difficult to do and I recommend it until you find a decent fit. Once I found my fit, it made the study abroad experience even better.

* Food:

I am not picky in terms of food. So it was simple. Basically Chileans eat four times a day. The three traditional meals and a tea time.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Tufts has excellent tours and meetings for its students. Those are really well planned. In terms of clubs or sports teams, you have to find the programs on your own. I played soccer and it was a great way of meeting people.

* 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? Tufts gives you an allowance. It is awesome.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be careful of pickpocketing.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish literature
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Those willing to keep an open mind and are adaptable to different situations.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: art
Instructor: ?
Instruction Language: spanish
Comments: easy art class
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

history classes

Course Department: history
Instructor: leon
Instruction Language: spanish
Comments: awesome professor. highly recommend him.
Credit Transfer Issues: no