Chile--Two months of life changing experiences. 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?
Most definitely. It has greatly improved my spanish speaking skills and I am so glad that I choose to come to Chile. It was a great two months. I plan on majoring in Spanish along with Accounting and hopefully I can find a job that involves both.

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.

I learned so much from the classes and benefitted from every one.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very helpful but there was sometimes a lack of communication.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My family was so nice and very very helpful!

* Food:

Delicious food every single day!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our excursions were a lot of fun and there was a lot to do in the city, which was very nice.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No health issues on my part but it wasn't safe to walk by yourself most of the time, especially at night.

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 family, friends and teachers. The group spoke english most of the time but I got great immersion with my family!

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? I would tell them to speak spanish as much as they can because by the end, you'll be so much better by doing so!

Individual Course Reviews

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Course Department:
Instructor: Miria Luque
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging but it helped to improve my reading and writing in spanish.
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Course Department:
Instructor: Jamie Gomez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Tough grading but it was interesting material!
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Course Department:
Instructor: Monica Neira
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: I learned so much about writing in this course and really enjoyed it!
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