Studying in Beautiful Italy Past Review

By (University of Tampa) - abroad from 05/13/2018 to 06/22/2018 with

Academic Studies Abroad: Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a little bit of a new language, how to handle situations I was not used to before, and how to really let go and enjoy being in the moment. It was worth every second, I feel as though I truly gained so much from it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

They cared deeply about our learning and our attendance at the classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My program's administration was absolutely wonderful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very beautiful apartment right in the heart of Florence.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Took super good care of us, if someone was not feeling well, a doctor would come to where we lived.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The program I chose really gave me an intimate/family feel while being so far away from home. They set up multiple trips and events for you and make sure that you always have someone nearby if you need help.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-200$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy some groceries and don't eat out every meal!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Download some apps and try to learn a little beforehand.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Food
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Not sure!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the train system worked/ what types of Italian lines I should have known before coming!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.