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By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 08/15/2012 to 11/09/2012 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The semester abroad was so worthwhile!! I cannot stress that enough. I have friends who did not do a semester abroad for one reason or another and they all have regretted it. I had a few reasons that it could have not worked out, but I made sure that it did and am so glad I got to go abroad! I became so close with the people I studied abroad with and feel like we share a special bond because of our months in Florence together. I also gained a better understanding of Italian culture and a better appreciation for the world around me. I made lasting memories that I will never forget! It was the best semester!

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.

The courses are not quite as rigorous as you would experience back at BC, but that allows for plenty of learning outside of the classroom which is more valuable!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The villa is amazing! They treated us so well.

* Food:

The villa food got a bit mundane at times but the food around town of course is amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This kind of depends on how much you immerse yourself - go exploring! You'll be more integrated if you go out into the local culture. I would go to daily mass most mornings right in Settignano and felt that I really got to know the locals there :)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Don't be out too late without being able to bus back to the villa, but otherwise just use common sense!

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

The Florence program is amazing - I was able to get a look at the culture of Italy but also travel all over Europe! I am so glad I did it!


* 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)


* 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? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling around Italy and other countries
  • The food! Gelato of course...
  • Making new friends
* What could be improved?
  • Learning more Italian in depth
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I spent a few weekends in Florence and a few in other countries. I would say to travel a lot but also make sure to spend a few weekends in Florence! That way, you really learn about the place you call home for 3 months.

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.