Little Italy January 30, 2024

By (Psychology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2023 to 12/17/2023 with

Arcadia: ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile -- travel experience, overcoming culture shock, independence

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.

This is not really the place to go if you're looking for a rigorous academic experience. The classes were really easy compared to Wellesley with not much work and also very simple discussions

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really liked the student services office---they were helpful and kind.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had the most amazing apartment right in the center of the city.

* Food:

No meal plan -- N/A?

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were opportunities to get very integrated

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The school doctor made a lot of people uncomfortable and he only came on Tuesday afternoons. So, if you got sick on Wednesday you had to wait about a week to get checked out and if you had to miss class you needed to wait a week to get those excused. We also had to pay 60 euro in cash at the meeting that could be reimbursed through insurance but the whole thing was kinda weird.

* Safety:

I felt safe.

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

The issue with Perugia is that it's very far from a major airport (Rome) so it's difficult to travel easily, and you spend a lot more money having to get there. It's also a very small city with little diversity in food and people, though it's beautiful and charming.


* 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 lived in a cheap city so general expenses were not too bad, but taking trips accounted for a lot of money spent.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? without a trip, about 50 euro. with a trip, 300-400


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? nothing
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?

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?
  • Housing
  • Traveling
  • Admin
* What could be improved?
  • Health services
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it would be difficult to get to a major airport

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.