5 weeks of adventure August 11, 2016

By (Texas Lutheran University) - abroad from 07/02/2016 to 08/05/2016 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 learned that there are a lot of different cultures and people out in the world and that those differences are hard to get used to but once you do, it is very nice to observe

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

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

Directors were so wonderfully helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was very hot and wifi was not very good but it was in a good location and very roomie

* Food:

The school cafe was pretty good and had really big servings so I was well fed

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not very integrated because I wasn't there very long and my apartment was in a very touristy area

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The doctor I went to for an allergic reaction was very nice and helpful and knew exactly what to do to help me.

* Safety:

Florence is a fairly safe city

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

I would like to go to a different location because am more interested in adventure and landscapes over cathedrals and history but I would still like to go through API

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)

I spent a lot of money on personal expenses. I was able to save a little on food by grocery shopping

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 300-500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop at the local market and grocery stores. Do not buy souvenirs right away because you will change your mind and want to buy something else

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? Nothing in Italian
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice some before you leave using apps or books

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
  • International Students
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 API excursions
  • The professors
  • The beauty of the city
* What could be improved?
  • Air conditioning in apartments
  • Placement of students in the tourist areas
  • Longer time there!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how touristy the city of Florence is. I didn't think there would be so many crowding the streets and how the Restaurants cater to them as well.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.