Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Pelli


Chloe decided to study abroad because she felt that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Argentina was a beautiful choice because she's always wanted to go and learn about their culture.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose CIEE because I felt that it had more open options for me to study abroad! I chose Argentina in particular because they were offering a tango course and I wanted to learn about tango for so long!

I am also interested in the culture and wanted to visit the beautiful city while I had the opportunity!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

CIEE had a To-Do List that helped me become very organized. They also had information on what to bring, what to wear, what stuff we should bring, etc.

I had to buy my plane ticket and organize my own housing preferences. Doing this was no problem and it was very helpful! My study abroad advisors from my school helped me as well and gave me easy paperwork to sign!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Definitely meet people before arriving! Not only does it help you get to know others before meeting, but you guys can also connect and explore together while studying abroad!

Also definitely look up places you would like to visit! There is a lot to see while traveling, so always try to make the best of it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Sometimes, class starts at different times. When the class starts at 9 am, I usually Before class, I usually eat breakfast with my host family or buy it if I don't have time. I then go to class and after class, I'd do my homework at a cafe!

If the class starts after 12pm, my friends and I usually meet up for lunch and explore! During class, we learned about the history of Argentina and tango and how to actually tango!

Sometimes, CIEE offered field trips before class and we get to learn more about the culture and famous people that left a mark in Argentina.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was learning how to get around public transportation! I was able to overcome it by having my host family and my friends show me around! After learning about public transportation, I became a pro and felt more comfortable.

My views changed because now I can get anywhere in a quicker amount of time!

Was it very different than what you're usually used to?

It was VERY different. It was somewhat of a culture shock when I came there because, during the airport, the staff didn't know any English. Thankfully I know Spanish!

The way Argentinians speak is also different than most Spanish, which shocked me as well. But I enjoyed eating their foods and learning about their culture. They also are very appreciative of tango, which I never knew!