I hate to say it, people, but doing a six-month program in Chile, for example, during which you have one required “course” for two weeks in which everyone gets an A, then a month off to travel, then you come back and take two courses at the local university for four months is not the same as studying for a year at a university in the UK where you do actual work. Yes, I know taking courses in a foreign language is hard, but a person in the first scenario I described (i.e. my friend’s sister) should not receive almost as much credit as a person who did the second scenario I described (i.e. me).
My friend’s sister is studying abroad in Chile this semester, and her program is the reason why American study abroad programs are sometimes disparagingly called “tourism for credit.”