The best experience i have ever had in my life February 03, 2016

By (Communications, University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/31/2015 to 12/19/2015 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 knowledge about another place that i could call home. i learned about their food and cultures and the people. it was 100% worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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?

So happy with my housing it honestly was the best location and so clean and comfortable

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

always would get emails and were kept updated with anything that we needed to know regarding our health and safety

* Safety:

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

I made the greatest friends that i could every have that i got to travel the world with everyday. regardless of you being outside your comfort zone i would do it all over again. i traveled the world every weekend and went to places and did things i thought i would never do. it was the best experience i have ever had in my entire life and i am so grateful i did it.

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? 100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook your lunch and breakfast and eat out for dinner its the best part!

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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? high school spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • support
  • travel
  • housing
* What could be improved?
  • no language
  • have a culture class instead
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much money to seriously budget for and to bring less clothes because you really don't need a lot you buy so much there

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.