Mi Querida Argentina: Study Abroad Buenos Aires Past Review

By (Comparative Religion, University of Washington) for

University of Belgrano: Buenos Aires - Latin American Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile! I did not want to leave Argentina. It actually broke my heart to say goodbye. The people changed me, my experiences changed me, an the culture as a whole changed me. I miss it dearly everyday, and cannot wait to return. It definitely gave me the "travel bug" and I plan on volunteering abroad as my next mission.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was perfect for being abroad. I thought the professors gave a fair amount of out of class work to assist in our learning, but not too much so that we were overwhelmed with the balance between school and the fun of studying abroad. The grading system was much different than an American education system. It was based on a 1-10 scale, 10 equivalent to a 4.0, and 4 was the lowest grade before failing. I thought it was a much easier system than my home University. Overall, attending class was the biggest benefactor in my learning. The professors were engaging and taught the material in an interesting way. The classes were much smaller than my home University, which made the classroom time more interactive and I loved that.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing program. GSE took care of ALL of our needs. Our on-site director was incredible, and really went out of the way to make us feel comfortable. He took us on all of our excursions and cultural events and helped integrate us into the culture. I have no complaints about the On-site director. He took us to the doctor when we were sick, and really treated us like family

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Bedding, towels, and cookware were all provided. The landlord's wife came every Saturday to clean the apartment as well. They took great care of us, even bought us extra blankets when it was cold and delivered them to our apartment.

* Food:

The food was amazing! It was also very cheap. You could get a delicious steak meal for only $10. There was quite a variety of restaurants, and it was all great and affordable. A couple favorites: Miranda- great salmon and steak, Las Cabras- best parilla in Buenos Aires, fun atmosphere!, and A Manger- serves gourmet sandwiches and salads at a great price.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Argentina is filled with incredible culture. The people are amazing, and so friendly! We explored through many markets such as the Recoleta hand craft market, which is held every weekend, and the San Telmo antique market. We visited museums, and explored the city with our program as well as went to Iguazu Falls, and Mar del Plata. Both the falls and Mar del Plata were great getaways. Our program arranged the travel and accommodations as well as provided some meals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe while I was there, but it is definitely necessary to be cautious. In any large city crime is an issue, but if you are smart and aware of your situations then you should be fine. I lived in a safe neighborhood with transportation all around. I did get food poisoning once, and was able to go to one of the hospitals and received help. My program director met me at the hospital and stayed until my appointment was over. There are many healthcare services in the city, all of which are easily accessible. The hospital was similar to a hospital in the U.S. I did get vaccines before I left, yellow fever is necessary, but check with your doctor to see if you need others.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Half of my classes were in Spanish so I was able to practice in school. All of the international students spoke Spanish, and I played on the University soccer team where I was also able to practice the language. Many people in Buenos Aires speak English, but you never have to speak it if you do not want to. The language acquisition depends on how willing you are to immerse in the culture.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Support from the onsite director
  • Group dinners
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing, it was great!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be open to all experiences, and allow yourself to enjoy each moment regardless of it may be uncomfortable. Being in any foreign country you will feel vulnerable, but keep an open mind and embrace the culture. Your experience is what you make it.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of Latin America

Course Department: History 300
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was awesome! I have an in depth understanding of the History of Latin America from colonial rule to present day. My professor was extremely knowledgeable and always prepared. We had many student presentations in the class, which was a great way to participate and hear thoughts from my peers.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues transferring credit!
Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate Spanish

Course Department: Spanish 200
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: The class wasn't necessarily challenging, but it definitely helped my language acquisition. My teacher was wonderful, and very knowledgeable. There were about 15 other students in the class, so there was quite a bit of active participation.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transferring credit!
Course Name/Rating:

Anthropology: Tango - Cultural Expressions of Buenos Aires

Course Department: Anthropology 300
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This course was a great way to learn about and experience the art of Tango. The class met twice a week, one day revolved around lecture and the history of Tango, while the other day we danced. The professor did an excellent job of lecturing as well as teaching the dance. It was a fun and interactive class!
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transferring credit!
Course Name/Rating:

Gender in Latin America

Course Department: Women's Studies 300
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Course was very informative. I was able to understand Latin American history through a gender perspective. The professor was very knowledgeable, and prepared in depth discussions for each class period. There were about 20 students, and we regularly engaged in discussion.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems transferring credit!