Studying in BsAs was the best European experience in a Latin American Country! Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., Towson University) for

University of Palermo: Buenos Aires - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. I dramatically improved in my Spanish. I became more conscious of the world and different cultures in Latin America. I am majoring in International Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies and this study abroad experience has been more than perfect for me to help me in my academic and future plans.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took 5 courses at UP. The workload was reading intensive, with several essays depending on the course. The grading system was based on a 1-10 number scale with 4 as passing. The teaching methods were primarily lecture based, with some powerpoint aids and movies as well. The educational system at my host university was harder than the my American educational system. I felt challenged and really hard to work hard to earn the grades I received.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program was pretty well organized. The orientation led to signing up for the courses and all questions were answered satisfactorily. Knowledge about the host country and American higher education level was understood and the grading system was explained. The program size was relatively large with international students from all over the world. My expectations throughout the program were met. However, it was difficult to receive information about the following semester as I am returning to study abroad for a second term. This was difficult as I needed to know when the semester started to be able to buy a plane ticket and prepare to return in the spring. The study abroad coordinator was unavailable after November and the replacement was unable to provide with information that otherwise would have been easy to obtain. I am still waiting to hear back.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was arranged through the TU in Argentina program. The neighborhood is safe, but as always you have to make sure you don't go out late by yourself and dress appropriately to the culture and its standards. The aesthetics of the city is European, with many buildings built in that architectural appeal. Other buildings were more modern and not as appealing to the viewer. I took a bus or walked to school and the UP was pretty close from my apartment. I 15-20 min bus ride depending on traffic or 25-30 min walk to the school. Nightlife in Buenos Aires is never-ending and all nights so there was always something to do and somewhere to go. I did not need to buy any items to settle-in the only necessary thing I had to do myself was go to the laundry mat. I was treated by my host mom as a family member. We bonded pretty quickly and we both treated each other with respect, but at the same time had a great time together.

* Food:

Food is pretty good in BsAs. The meat is delicious of course, and you have to try the mozzarella pizza. Although they have empanadas, there is not much typical Argentinean food to offer.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program did not offer any events through UP. I was disappointed that any cultural events or attractions that I wanted to experience I had to pay extra when the program is already costly. Many other programs included trips and activities for the exchange students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The host city is relatively safe. As always don't go out at night by yourself and make sure you tell someone where you will be as a safely precaution. Robbery and theft does occur just be careful with your personal expensive items such as laptop, ipod, cellphone, etc, and don't leave it out in the open.

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? 50 dollars.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not spend your money all at once, you want to be able to have some extra money to travel and if any healthcare concerns pop up.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 301
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish everyday. I was obligated to use the language to communicate to my host mom, the locals, students, and professors. Not all people spoke English, and with exchange students, Spanish was the common language utilized to communicate.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host Family
  • The culture and the experience learning Spanish
  • Open and nice
* What could be improved?
  • Communication about when the finals are
  • Letting know about when classes start
  • Letting know about deadlines
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be open to the culture, don't close yourself off from opportunities. Take changes, meet people and be nice!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Goverment and Politics of Latin America

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Professor Belkin
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: The professor was very well researched. He knew the material he was talking about and presented it in a easy to understand, lecture-based method. Educational movies accompanied some lectures to help concrete the ideas presented in class. We also had a political debate between Latin American countries that helped reinforce the knowledge received.
Credit Transfer Issues: No