SIT Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Iguazú
Iguazú
Salta&Jujuy
Salta&Jujuy
Study Abroad with SIT in Argentina
Study Abroad with SIT in Argentina

About

Examine the realities of public health policy, the challenges of urban epidemiology, and the issues of healthcare equity in Buenos Aires — one of Latin America’s largest cities.

This program will provide students interested in public health, health sciences, development studies, and other disciplines with the opportunity to scrutinize health-related challenges in urban environments. Students will learn from academics and practitioners associated with leading institutions in Argentina.

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Reviews

8.88 Rating
based on 8 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 8.3
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Maria
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Argentinian Experience

I decided to travel to Argentina for my semester abroad with a structured program because, unlike many countries in Europe that I would feel comfortable navigating, I felt less familiar with Argentina and South America as a continent. SIT proved to be a very helpful and supportive program throughout the semester. It provided us with many opportunities to travel for leisure, but more importantly, allowed us health opportunities, such as entrance into clinics and shadowing sanitary agents, that we would not have otherwise. Because of this, I think this program would be ideal for students that want experience in health environments and are looking for a global perspective of health systems. This program requires a medium high level of Spanish to experience it fully since it involves all Spanish classes and an internship in Spanish. Overall, this program was a very educational experience that would be ideal for a student who would like to have fun, experience a new culture, learn Spanish, and have fun with the benefit of having a structured program to guide them through the process and provide the social circle of other American students.

What would you improve about this program?
Try to use class time more efficiently so that less hours are spent in the classroom.This could include independent studying or case studies in groups.
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Erica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

I had an incredible experience this semester. This program offers endless opportunities to develop your Spanish and learn about Argentina's public health system. From the classes to all of the hospital and clinic visits, I ended the program with a clear picture of how the Argentine health system works, and it has left me wanting to go back and learn even more. I really enjoyed the amount of traveling we got to do around Argentina during the program to different provinces, and we were offered many unique perspectives of the health system. I especially loved my Spanish class at the University of Buenos Aires and the homestay experience. The program staff are extremely attentive, caring, and diligent and truly only want the best for students in the program. Buenos Aires is a wonderful city to live in and there is always something fun to do or go see. If you're deciding whether or not to do this program, DO IT!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go out as much as you can to meet Argentines! It's the best way to learn more about the culture and language.
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Ilana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching abroad experience

This semester was a great opportunity to improve my Spanish, learn about public health, and explore both the city of Buenos Aires and many distinct regions of Argentina. This program is best for students interested in public health who want a more structured, academic experience. The traveling included in the semester is a great way to learn more about the country, and my home-stay experience could not have been any better. I highly recommend this study abroad program! I would definitely choose it again.

What would you improve about this program?
I would highly encourage students to go out and meet local Argentinian people to learn more genuinely what life in Buenos Aires is like.
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Jeshurun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing!

My semester abroad in Argentina with SIT was a pivotal period in my life. The people, the mix of cultures, and the sense of adventure all caused me to fall in love with the country. The structure of the program taught me so much about public health in Argentina. We were exposed to top specialists, traveled to different provinces, and engaged in various projects that left room for personal enhancement of our lecture content. Additionally, by traveling to other provinces outside of Buenos Aires, we were able to not only interact with the material we were learning, but also prepare for our independent internships or research projects. I believe that it is because of this that I as able to be successful and completely enjoy my time with the Red Cross Argentina. It is important to note that the quality of the program staff, really makes the program. I have studied abroad three times during college, and I have yet to encounter a program staff so genuinely loving and concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of their students. Go, go, GO!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, its great! I would recommend it to anyone.
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Alana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lots of travel, wonderful program staff, great for pre-health students!

If you're a pre-health student, this program really allows you the opportunity to explore not only health systems from within the classroom, but also at the institutional level. I was able to shadow physicians and social workers, travel all around the country, and meet wonderful mentors. Each of the program coordinators and mentors were so loving and helpful with my transition to life abroad, and I felt like I could come to them with any problems. The only thing that I would have liked to had more of in this experience is greater freedom with time. The program was highly structured, which was useful at the beginning of the program, but it would have been nice to have more time to explore the city without those long class hours. Overall, I would definitely go back!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make it a priority to reach out to locals! Learning the Argentinian dialect is fastest that way.
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Lucy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience: challenging in a difficult yet amazing way

This program is an incredible opportunity for personal and academic growth. I learned so much about the Argentine healthcare system and improved my Spanish 10 fold. I loved that the classes had guest lecturers on their specialty topic because we were able to learn from the top professionals in that area. My favorite aspect academically was the ability to conduct my own research project in another province. I learned so much from this experience. Personally, I made incredible friends who I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I also loved exploring the city; I come from a small suburb and was really pushed outside of my comfort zone in a new large city which was great. I also loved my host mom and had an incredible experience living in her home. I would highly recommend this program if you are looking to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and really learn about healthcare in Argentina!

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Taisa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would go back in an instant

Argentina was amazing and my program was intense. Our classes were based in Buenos Aires but we did a lot of traveling (almost every 2 weeks!) to other provinces in the country, so it was a lot of flying and first-hand exposure to real world situations. We visited hospitals, health centers and met with various professionals to learn about their healthcare system. Everything was in Spanish so it took me about a month to adjust, but by the end of it I was pretty much doing my own independent study project without a problem. Along with all the educational excursions, I got to see some really cool sites, visit wine country, go hiking and the most beautiful site I visited were the waterfalls at Iguazú, which is one of 7 natural wonders of the world (pics below!)

What would you improve about this program?
There were a lot of logistical aspects of the program that could have been improved, such as timing and due dates of certain assignments, that at times, conflicted with our desires to go out to the city and have fun. However, although this program was academically rigorous, it was well worth it.
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Maya
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good program, lack of immersion

I enjoyed this program and made some great new American friends but I wasn't able to interact in the local culture as much as I had wanted to. It was hard to make friends outside of the program and the majority of the program is female. I liked my classes though because they were all public health focused which was a nice change-up from my university and I was able to really understand the Argentinian public health system. Buenos Aires is an AMAZING city and I loved living there.

What would you improve about this program?
Academic structure- I didn't like how professors changed every week.