Arica, my lifechanging and unforgettable experience Past Review

By (Accounting, University of Northern Iowa) for

University of Northern Iowa: Arica - Culture and Intensive Spanish Program (CISP)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have became more open to change, aware of different cultures, my spanish abilities have improves immensely, and most of all i have found a place that has many friends and family of mine that I plan to return to some day!

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 grading and workload was a bit tough but it pushed me and in the end it felt very rewarding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Kim was a fantastic leader! There were some problems with the director here in Arica but Kim handled them very well and made this trip seem very smooth and a lot of fun and educational at the same time!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My house was not the greatest, not always clean and sometimes I questions the safety of eating the food because I did get sick once. But I never would trade my family, they were so sweet and helpful.

* Food:

I got sick once because they tend to leave food out after lunch on the stove for our late dinner at night.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met so many great friends on this trip!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe!

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
Language acquisition improvement?

My professors, other students in my group, students form the university, friends I made in the city. I had to use Spanish everyday, rarely did someone know English.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student that is open to change and a different life style would benefit the most from the program! I recommend speaking as much spanish and remembering words you are taught because they will be very helpful throughout the two months!