Past Review

By (English/Spanish, Tufts University) for

Tufts Programs Abroad: Tufts in Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A new and interesting perspective not only on Latin America, but on my life here in the United States as well. I learned the important lesson that its perfectly healthy, and important, to make a fool of yourself! When you are out of your element you learn the most.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Full-Year 2007

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?

I lived with a family of six. It was an excellent opportunity to practice my Spanish. I wish now though that I had pushed myself even more to engage with my family. <br /><br />

* Food:

Generally speaking, Chilean cuisine is not incredible. However, I was more than satisfied with what I had.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Chile really does feel like a safe environment. If you make intelligent choices you shouldn't run into any trouble there. Some people in my program were victims of theft, direct and indirect. Always be aware of where you and your valuables are. If someone robs you, just give them what they want!

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


* 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? 20$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The Tufts program provides you with a stipend that covers any expenses you may have, and more. Chile is not particularly expensive, and you will have the chance to eat at home a lot.


Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Talk to your Chilean classmates! They seem shy but are very intelligent, warm, and fun people! If you constantly speak in English with your American friends people are not going to want to approach you. Put yourself out there.