Summer Studies at University of Chile, La Catolica Past Review

By (Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology., Tufts University) for

Tufts Programs Abroad: Tufts in Chile

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I definitely think that studying abroad forced me to appreciate the wealth of backgrounds and experiences that different people have. I was once again shown the importance of patience and appreciation and the benefits of being laid-back¡

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Chile, La Catolica
The term and year this program took place: Summer 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The experience in the classroom depended, for the most part, on the professor of the class. I had a few great professors who were very open to foreign students and really tried to alter assignments to cater to our abilities. On the other hand, I had one professor who was very vague in his teaching style, arbitrary in his grading, and made the class very unenjoyable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I felt well taken care of, emails were informative, and I always received prompt replies. They seemed to know the country well and provided us with a very good introduction to what to expect upon arrival. I thought the program was a perfect size. I felt that more information could have been supplied on the flight down (where we were meeting, etc) and also about courses previously taken by students in the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with an older woman and a live-in nanny (house-keeper/cook) in Ñuñoa, right outside Santiago center. My host-neices and nephews were always around, providing an endless form of entertainment. My host-mother was very opinionated, eccentric, and Religious, but only wanted the best for me. Life in the house was very regimented and, at times, frustrating. The religious pressure was, at times, a bit too much. It was nice, though, living so close to the center of the city. <br /><br /> In general, I did enjoy my stay! They were very welcoming and made me part of the family - both the cute aspects and the family drama.

* Food:

The food was prepared each night by my nana and was delicious. They did force me to eat 4-5 course lunches and dinners if I was home which left me in pain. No snacks in the house. If you are every hungry and walking around a sopaipillas/mote con huesillos will provide a cheap and filling solution!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I traveled quite a bit while down in Chile which was amazing and a must for anyone who will be down there. The trips that I was able to take were amazing and once-in-a-lifetime kind of experiences¡

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe both security wise and health concern wise. Our program director would address any medical problems right away.

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? The Tufts program provided us with a weekly fund for transportation and food which I used for exactly that. So I spent none of my own money while abroad.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use the funds allotted to you!


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
Language acquisition improvement?

I think that a good basis in Spanish was very helpful in bonding with my host family and understanding and appreciating all the humorous situations around me. Chilean Spanish took a little getting used to, but over all, I learned a lot!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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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? Have a blast! Go without any expectations and take everything as a new experience!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Bailes Folkloricos Chilenos

Course Department: Facultad de Danza
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Amazing course! Each class was comprised of a lecture (of sorts) explaining the origins, technical aspects, or theory of the dances as well as a good amount of time dancing! The professor was very understanding!
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Course Name/Rating:

Historia Social de Chile

Course Department: Facultad de Historia Social
Instructor: Rodrigo Sanchez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: The laxness of class and lectures and lack of clarity in his teaching style and assignments made this class very unenjoyable.
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