The adventure of a lifetime.. With some bumps along the way. Past Review

By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 09/03/2014 to 11/20/2015 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself while over there. It was eye opening to cultures and people I had not interacted with before. It eneded up becoming home.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

We did not focus much on acadmeics but did learn a lot while over there. The teachers understood we were not there to sit in a classroom all day but were there to experience italy.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The places we rented out to the college had friendly staff but the conditions were crappy.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The residencia had very comfotable rooms but they were not cleaned frequently.

* Food:

The majority of the food was inedible.

* 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? No


* 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? 30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are some unforeseen expensise but dont let it stop you from expereincing all there is to see!


* 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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Four years of Latin
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? Learn the basics beforehand. That would be really helpful.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • Florence
  • Easy Classes
  • Gelato
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Wifi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i didnt go with the group I did. I wish I knew a little bit of Italian to begin with. I wish I had traveled more places. I wish a lot of things. But I know I did all I could with what this trip had to offer.

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.