Amazing and unforgettable Past Review

By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 02/01/2009 to 05/01/2009 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence, a love of Italian culture, a love of the Italian language and the ability and chance to travel around and learn so much about other areas and experience so many amazing adventures!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Loved how we could learn Italian right there in Italy! Did not care for the additional history classes - seemed unorganized and irrelevant - great teacher though, he was so sweet!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

could have used a bit more space. but beautiful location!!

* Food:

Hit or miss.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Could have done more immersion

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no health issues, so i can't comment

* Safety:

Florence was great, although we should have been prepped on other safety precautions for travel to other parts of Europe - we unknowingly landed in a few unsafe situations.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It was incredible to be in such a lovely place and learn so much! I would have loved to stay longer!


* 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? Not sure! Maybe $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take cheap flights and don't skimp on hostels - you need a safe, clean space to sleep! Buy food and bring it with!


* 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

could have been immersed more

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Latin - in high school for 3 years.
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? I started Rosetta stone - that helped!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Travel
  • Language learning
  • sights and history
* What could be improved?
  • more immersion in the culture and language
  • food at the location we stayed at
  • help getting to Settigniano when you arrive - we were lost and confused and tired!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to get to Villa Morgan.... it was just briefly laid out and we should have had people meet us at the train station or something... otherwise i was well prepared i think!

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.'