UCSC, U Can Speak Castellano Past Review

By (southwestern university of science and technology of China) - abroad from 03/01/2010 to 12/20/2010 with

UCSC Chile: Concepcion - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
this is my first experience abroad, thanks a lot to USCS that gave me a excellent environment to practice my Spanish.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

nice teachers

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

just need more time to adapt the food. the chilean family is very nice.

* Food:

if you like chilean food, better!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

the UCSC arranged wonderful social activities for us, like the local culture day, Mapuche tour, etc..except this, they did a lot for helping us adapt the life of Chile.

* 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)

like 430 dollars for home stay( food include), one month

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 120 dollars


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? talk to people, make friends

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the arrangment of classes
  • social activity
  • kindly persons
* What could be improved?
  • the food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? i wish i knew more about the clime of Chile and the earthquake

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.