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Answers for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions about the Knox Program in Buenos Aires

Students enjoy the breathtaking backdrops of Argentina.Q. How do I contact my son/daughter in Buenos Aires?

A. All host families have internet access and students usually contact their families through Skype. They can also receive calls at their host families' homes. Please keep in mind the time difference: Buenos Aires is two hours ahead of Chicago, which is in the Central Standard Time Zone.

If for any reason you are having trouble getting in touch with your child, you can contact the Onsite Coordinator at alejandra.vassallo@gmail.com

Q. If I want to send something via "snail mail," how should I address it?

A. As soon as they are settled, students will inform their parents of their host family address. There is no need to use certified mail, but be aware that you cannot send any kind of digital or electronic equipment because of customs regulations.

Q. What kinds of expenses do students have that are not covered by the program?

A. Remember that all housing, meals, and program-sponsored events are included. We also give students a $350 cash allowance in November for travel in Argentina.

Students will need to spend their own money on daily transportation to and from the university. Students often take advantage of the weekends to travel, and would need their own money for that as well. Since fewer books are required for courses, and books are less expensive here than in the U.S., this will be a minimal expense.

Finally, keep in mind that Buenos Aires has a very social culture, meaning students will spend more time "out and about" having coffees, going to movies, or out for an occasional meal than they might in the U.S., and will therefore need a bit more 'fun money' than usual. (For example, a coffee or soda costs about $1.00.)

Q. My son/daughter seems homesick. What should I do?

A. Please try not to be alarmed -- keep in mind that it is common for students to feel overwhelmed aftera couple of weeks in a foreign country in a new academic environment. They are struggling to adjust to their new surroundings and trying to communicate in another language and culture and haven’t yet had time to build a relationship with their host family.

Listen and sympathize, then encourage him/her to stay positive. Suggest that he or she talk with the Resident Director who can offer suggestions and support for coping with the stresses of an immersion experience.

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