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Important Tips for Students Studying Abroad in Argentina

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Important Tips for Students Studying Abroad in ArgentinaThe opportunity to study abroad in Argentina is an amazing chance to immerse yourself in another culture and see things that few people back home will ever have the chance to enjoy. You’ll meet new people, explore a rich culture and learn new things. However, there are some things that you need to know before you head off to Buenos Aires.

It’s Affordable, but…

One of the things that strikes most people first when they reach the city of Buenos Aires is just how affordable everything is. A night on the town can be had for as little as $25. Clothing, leather goods, food and virtually everything else is also very affordable. However, it can be very easy to overspend for that exact reason. Watch your spending and don’t let yourself be carried away.

You Don’t Need Your Own Computer

Don’t worry that you’ll miss your laptop or desktop computer back home. Buenos Aires is full of Internet cafes where you can do everything from checking your email to pretty much anything else. Access rates are also very low (about 40 Argentine cents per hour of usage), so you should be able to afford any amount of online time you need. However, remember that these are shared computers, so take appropriate precautions.

Expect Political Questions

Argentines love politics (they breathe it like air), so expect to become involved in political discussions. Moreover, you’ll find that most Argentines like to question American visitors about their political stance, so be prepared for this.

Don’t Worry about Your Host Family

Many students who study abroad in Buenos Aires worry about their host family. Will they get along? What will the situation be like? Will the family like them? Will the cultural differences be too great? Understand that these are natural questions. You should also understand that every student’s experience will differ, simply because all host families are different. Most students find that their host family is warm, caring and happy to talk or help in any way they can. If you’re worried about your homestay experience, don’t be.

Communication with Home

You’re going to want to talk to people back home, both family and friends. International calling can be costly, so get to know Skype. It’s free, can be accessed on a public computer at an Internet café (or via cell phone, tablet computer or laptop, of course), and is easy to use. Again, it’s free, which is a very important factor for students who study abroad.

Prepare Well Ahead

International travel is never as simple as you might like, and you’ll have a lot more on your plate than just traveling. Make sure you prepare as early as possible. Get your passport, plane ticket, immunizations and other important things in plenty of time.

A study abroad program in Buenos Aires can be an amazing experience if you follow a few basic rules and don’t stress about situations (like your host family). These tips will help make your stay more enjoyable.

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What they say about Our Program

Studying under Alejandra was one of the best experiences I have had in my time at Knox. She is everything from a wonderfully cheerful, exuberant leader to a scholarly professor to a rock star. If you are lucky enough to participate under her directorship in the Buenos Aires Program, you will go places you never dreamed existed. From tiny underground rock and roll clubs in an unknown, hip corner of Buenos Aires to above the jungle canopy to underneath the South Atlantic ocean. — Alex Enyart


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