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?
It was worthwhile. I learned a lot about Chilean Politics, the people, and the region. You will learn a lot no matter what you do.

Personal Information

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

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Some classes are a lot easier than others. You have to sign up for a lot at the begining because some classes are awful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administrator was very friendly but was not good at emailing back or responding to students phone calls.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Good housing. Nice family. but some families were not so great and only consisted of a single mom for example. <br /><br /> Family cooked good meals and were very friendly. But spent most of their time by themselves.

* Food:

My family provided lots of food, but chilean food is inherently bad so it can only be so good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Lots of traveling. But it is hard to make chilean friends. Most people were friends with people in their families.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Only a few people got sick and were taken care of.

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? Not much. Tufts gives you money each week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you eat at home for lunch, you can save up money. Otherwise you will need extra for traveling.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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? Internship is hit or miss. If you only go for a semester, realize that your time is short and take advantage of it.