La Vita e Bella! (Life is Beautiful) September 14, 2015

By (Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Texas Lutheran University) - abroad from 01/26/2015 to 05/16/2015 with

API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an amazing experience and friends i cherish beyond measure.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved every minute of my time in class!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone in API was awesome!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We had low expectations and they ended up being way beyond and more!

* Food:

Eating Italian food for 3 and half months was a little much.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very immersed in the Italian and Florentine culture!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick and could only go to the pharmacy because of my military insurance.

* Safety:

It was a city and people got pit pocketed a lot.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? over $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget! Plan your trips out in advance and make sure you have a piggy bank to help your students out if they get stuck!

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

Every day!

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? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Look on pinterest! Join tandems like I did! Go to tutoring!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The staff
  • Museum card!
  • The events
* What could be improved?
  • Website
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much they gave to us!

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.