Caroline Bertoni - 2014 Program Participant
End of the World! Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
How did you decide to study abroad?
I have always believed that studying another country provides an education that one cannot obtain in a classroom.
What made you choose IES Abroad in Argentina?
Since I was in high school I knew that when I was in college I wanted to study abroad, I just didn't know where. When it came time to decide where to study abroad, I wanted somewhere different. I wanted to go somewhere where I could fully immerse myself into the culture, learn the language, and truly feel like a local. After lengthy conversations with my abroad advisor, I decided that Argentina would be the best place for me - and IES worked with my majors and had everything I wanted in a program.
What was your favorite part about studying in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is a bustling metropolis and proved to be the perfect basecamp to fly to other locations.
What was unique about IES Abroad’s program in Buenos Aires?
IES is unique in that it is more focused on cultural immersion than academic rigor. I found that the faculty preferred for the students to learn about Argentina from experience rather than textbooks.
How did local IES staff support you while you were studying abroad?
Local staff, especially Florencia, Agustin, and Rosario we're a fantastic support team from the most trivial of things to the most important. They were there to talk and listen, and offered great advice and help.
If you could go back in time, what would you change about your experience?
I wish I had gotten to know more locals.
What was a typical day like for you in Buenos Aires?
A typical day in the life of an IES student: classes began around 9 a.m. and typically ended sometime in the early afternoon. After a cafe and pastry, each student would return to their prospective homes. After dinner with one's host family, we typically met up again at a bar to enjoy the Buenos Aires nightlife.
What was your favorite activity outside of the scheduled coursework and IES program components?
My favorite outside activity was the futbol league I joined, BAFA. BAFA enabled me to meet other people living in Buenos Aires, while enjoy a good game of futbol.
Where did you live? What did you like about it?
I lived with a host-family. I loved that I was able to practice my spanish in a more relaxed setting.
What is one thing you recommend every student bring with them?
I would recommend that every student brings a good waterproof watch that can last them through the semester.
What surprised you the most about Argentina?
What surprised me most about Argentina was how diverse the landscape, culture, and people were. I loved that I could go a different province in Argentina, and feel like I was in a whole other world.
How has studying in Buenos Aires affected your life back at home?
Honestly, it has taught me to appreciate the people in my life more. Before the program, I was a bit closed off. However, now that I have returned I am more open with those around me.