I think La Catolica is an awesome university, and is much more difficult than my public university in the states. This is obviously in part because I’m not a native Spanish-speaker. I’ve only been here for a few weeks, so I feel I can’t give a full review, but my professors seem to know a lot about what they are teaching. It’s different of course, and especially for me, because I’m taking different classes in a different specialty. I think the education here is very good, and better and worse in different ways. Keep reading my blog, and I’ll keep you posted on how my opinions evolve over the next year.
Aside from the differences in education, I think it’s very important that you give your daughters the opportunity to make this decision for themselves. I didn’t go to another country for university right away, but I did leave my state, and I’m very glad I did. I think it’s very important for young people to make decisions like this with a bit of freedom, not matter what the cost. Their experience will be much richer and will help them become better, more appreciative adults.
So far, I do think the education here is very comparable, and there is much more focus on knowledge. For example, I’ve never had to read so much for my classes.
Don’t freak out though. When it came to deciding my university, study abroad program, major, etc., my parents did get much of a say or provide much influence. I wish my mom would have been more involved and concerned about my decisions, but I’m a true believer that choosing a university needs to be done by the students. It’ll all work out in time.
I hope this helped,