A life changing experience that I would do over and over again Past Review

By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 02/03/2014 to 05/04/2016 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

What a great program!! Only thing I wished I would have learned better was Italian, and I do wish we learned a little differently, but still learned a lot!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Loved the food. Wish we had more opportunity to help cook or learn was "authentic" food was as well as where to go.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It's hard to feel integrated when everyone speaks english, but as a class we were able to do a good job!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was take very well care of when I had to get health care relating to infection and dehydration. So the 2 times I had to seek out healthcare I was able to easily.

* Safety:

Don't travel alone or walk the streets alone. A friend and I were followed, so make sure to have a plan and option to get help. Otherwise a moderately safe place to be!

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


* 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? Save money where you can, but don't miss out on things that you will regret not doing! You have the rest of your life to make and save money. Enjoy your time while you are there:)


* 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? I would definitely study at least the basics before getting to the country:)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?