The best decision I ever made Past Review

By (Miami University) - abroad from 08/29/2013 to 04/25/2014 with

Arcadia: Perugia - Umbra Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I can't put into words what I gained from my year in Italy, but I can most certainly say that is was worthwhile...in fact, that might just be the biggest understatement ever to have been expressed.

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:

Italy--nuff said

* 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? about 50 euros...so 60-70 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to cook!

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? Advanced
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? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't just take the easy way out by surrounding yourself with all the other Americans--actually make the effort to meet people from the country you are living in!

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Living arrangements
  • Staff
* What could be improved?
  • Some of the professors could be done away with...
  • While I loved the apartment, the housing coordinator could use some work on her accessability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To simply ignore the inevitable comparisons to Amanda Knox

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 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.'