Perugia: Local Living with World Exposure Past Review

By (English/Creative Writing, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 05/23/2014 to 07/11/2014 with

Arcadia: Perugia - Umbra Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a great deal about the Italian culture and language, gained much exposure hands-on in both these categories, and found that I was able to acclimate rather quickly. This experience was worthwhile in that it taught me a lot about traveling while getting deep into foreign cultures, and inciting in me a travel bug for the future.

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Call your bank ahead of time, don't bother exchanging money (only use ATMs)

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Italian 311S (First Course - 101)
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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Perugia
  • Open Weekend Time/Field Trips
  • Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Administration Organization
  • Quality Control
  • Too many mandatory meetings
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't worry, living in another first world country is not difficult. Relax, work on your Italian and don't be afraid of new opportunities.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'