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Student Spotlight: Angelica’s Semester Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

by AIFS Abroad
AIFS Abroad student in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eager to step into the footsteps of a college student who is experiencing life in South America? We recently caught up with AIFS Abroad student Angelica from Lake Forest College who is spending her spring semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the University of Belgrano. She is a double-major, pursuing Anthropology & Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Studio Art. Angelica is also a recipient of the Russel R. Taylor Foundation Scholarship.

Read on to learn more about her study abroad experience in Buenos Aires and what adjusting to life as an international student is like in Argentina’s capital city.

Academic Adjustments

When you study abroad, your academic experience won’t be identical to what you’re used to on your home university’s campus — you may experience a little bit of culture shock! Teaching styles, professor-student communication, homework culture, and other factors can take a little getting used to and can differ by location. Angelica shares what she’s needed to adjust to when it comes to academics in Buenos Aires and how she’s overcome new challenges:

“In Argentina, specifically at the University of Belgrano, one of the most difficult aspects of the academic environment that I had to adapt to is the fact that all my classes start in the afternoon. This may seem wonderful for some, but as a morning person, I had a difficult time staying focused during my first week of classes. In order to overcome the difference, I had created a schedule for myself in order to adapt; taking time in the morning for homework at bustling cafes, heading to my classes in the afternoon, which resulted in available evenings to enjoy dinner with friends or decompress after the long day.”

One of the most exhilarating parts of studying abroad is that your coursework will often be related to your host city or region, giving you a new perspective on the community you’ve been welcomed into.

“As a Sociology and Anthropology major, I am fascinated with the development of distinct and varied cultures based on geographical regions, cultural upbringings, and social norms. Having the opportunity to take a Contemporary Argentine Art History course and a Gender Studies in Latin America course is providing me with a different perspective on topics I am interested in and taken in the past within the U.S. context. Comparing the differences in the way a professor presents information, what information is presented, and what students from around the world have to say, reacting to certain subjects, has been a wonderful way to explore the education abroad program.”

Angelica shares a day in her life as a study abroad student in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cultural Diversity

While studying at the University of Belgrano, Angelica has the ability to interact with local students and other international students from around the world. This adds an element of academic enrichment and enhances her learning environment in numerous capacities.

“Being surrounded by a variety of international students increases the cultural diversity in my academic environment and presents a great influence on my learning experience. Instead of everyone having the same outlook on the world or similar past experiences, I am able to hear from others about their distinct perspectives, ideas, and philosophies on life, politics, social culture, and even course content.”

Professional Growth

Angelica’s study abroad experience has greatly contributed to her personal growth — even just a month or two in! She’s faced adversity, challenges, and differences head on. Navigating life as a student abroad has also helped her to develop many soft skills that will impact her professional development and career opportunities in the future.

“The exposure to different cultural perspectives has enhanced my understanding of diversity and equity in my personal life which projects into my professional life. In showing me how to face situations out of my control, balance social and work life, and focus on the tasks at hand with a larger goal in mind, I will be able to return to the U.S. ready to dive into the intimidating work force.”

Final Reflections

And so, as she embraces the journey, she invites others to take the leap as well.

“Every moment has been a lesson in adaptability and discovery, so as I reflect on my experiences, I am reminded that studying abroad isn’t just about academics—it’s about embracing the unknown, stepping outside your comfort zone, and embracing the journey of self-discovery.

So, to anyone considering studying abroad, I urge you to seize the opportunity with open arms and embark on an adventure that will widen your perspective and broaden your horizons in ways you never imagined possible.”

Are you a student who’s ready to take the leap and study abroad in Buenos Aires like Angelica did with AIFS Abroad? We’d love to help you start your journey!

Here at AIFS Abroad, we know a thing or two about helping college students and pre-professionals study and intern abroad. Our programs are incredibly inclusive, which takes a lot of the stress out of planning. From coordinating your housing to providing things like cultural and social activities, excursions, comprehensive insurance, 24/7 emergency support, on-site staff, and more, you’ll take comfort in knowing you’ll have support throughout your entire experience abroad.

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