Argentina cannot be described. One must experience it. Let yourself be amazed. Past Review

By (Government, The College of William and Mary) for

William & Mary: La Plata - Universidad Nacional de La Plata

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very helpful because it helped me find myself.

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.

Professors make a point that they want you to learn as much as you can and they do what they can to take off the pressure of getting a good letter grade. Also, there are field trips involved to ex-retention camps, interviews with people who lived through the dictatorship and who were illegally detained or disappeared. Professors have other jobs so they teach you from their actual experience on the field.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone is always ready to help out. Administration is friendly and make you feel part of the 'team'. They also helped students develop different hobbies or to continue with hobbies they already had. For instance, I wanted to learn how to play guitar, the Assitant Coordinator lent me her guitar for the semester and told me where to take classes. This program was perfect.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?


* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Visiting the Iguazu Waterfalls.

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can get up to 20% discount on bus trips with a photocopy of your student visa. This makes a real difference if you plan on traveling to far away provinces.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? HISP305: Advanced Grammar and Composition
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

We had a special "Argentine Spanish" class to review general Spanish grammar and to learn some Argentine phrases and words specific to the country. Everyone speaks Spanish, most understand English. Daily interaction with Spanish, but easy to find Argentines who speak or understand English.

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? Try something new everyday, you won't regret it. It should be for someone who is serious about studying abroad and for actually learning about the country, especially because Argentina has such a troubled history and is currently going through many changes.