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Student Profile: Blair Kiley - Universidad Alberto Hurtado



Majors: Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Relations

Abroad Program: Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Where: Santiago, Chile

When: Fall 2012

Favorite Course:Poverty and Development ( A Service Learning class) 

Highlight: The people in my program, there were like 20 of us from all over the world and we learned so much from each other, they are my best friends! 

Best Excursion: Hiking to Machu Picchu (see picture!)

Favorite Dish: Empanadas de pollo

Describe your impression of your time at UAH and in Chile:

UAH is truly a program like no other. In a couple of months you will be accustomed to  whole new way of life, the Chilean way, which will have an influence on the rest of your life. You will have the experience to live with and go to class with Chilean natives and with some effort really submerse yourself in their lifestyle. You can expect to leave feeling like Chile is more life your second home than just “the place you studied abroad” while learning so much about yourself along the way. 

How was the experience of studying the language in the classroom (in high school or in college) prior to studying abroad different from the experience of studying the language in and outside of the classroom once you were abroad?

The best part of the UAH program was the exposure to the language. Whether you have been speaking Spanish your whole life or are a novice will be new. The program is set up to push you out of your comfort zone and keep the English speaking to a minimum.