Disappointed but an experience of my own December 05, 2023

By (Biology, University of Minnesota - Duluth) - abroad from 08/29/2023 to 12/16/2023 with

Academic Studies Abroad: Study Abroad in Sorrento, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and am very grateful for the opportunity. It was worth it for the weekend travel.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I paid $2000 more to go through ASA and unfortunately there were limited activities offered compared to other programs such as CSI.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family didn’t seem to really want me there/weren’t excited.

* Food:

I was served questionable food left out for hours. However, I never got sick from it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Doctor was available two times per week and I utilized this often.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I could never recommend this program. The student culture at the school is off-putting because there are several American schools who send large groups of students (50+) here. They are also mostly privileged sorority students who have little regard for other people or any interest in having a cultural experience. They just want to party.


* 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)

Sant’Anna recommended $300/week including travel but this was not nearly enough. It ended up being double that.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $600 more or less including travel
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to eat out in Sorrento. If you live with a host family you can’t use the kitchen so it is tempting to go out but best to find microwave options.


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 0
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Staff member Angelo
  • Class offerings in English
* What could be improved?
  • Student culture
  • Cultural immersion
  • Class rigor
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I should have brought a lot more winter clothes.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.