Loved Italy May 05, 2017

By (Alfred State College - SUNY College of Technology) - abroad from 01/22/2017 to 05/13/2017 with

Alfred State: Architecture Studies in Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about a different culture and lifestyles

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing needs to be fair, some apartments were amazing while others were not as nice quality or far from the school.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The doctor is only around sometimes and the briefing we went over at the beginning was very brief. Had to pay out of pocket and the doctor was extremely brief and didn't seem very thorough

* Safety:

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

Finances

* 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)

Expensive to live in Italy but very much worth it

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook food, very cheap for everyone to chip in and cook food for dinner

Language

* 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? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • International Students
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?
  • Being in Italy
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More Italian, maybe rent a bike for travel

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.