A fantastic time for community building and self-reflection Past Review

By (Benedictine College) - abroad from 08/20/2015 to 11/11/2015 with

Benedictine College: Florence - Semester Program in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about other cultures and how they view american culture. I learned a lot about myself and what really matters to me. I learned how to navigate a city I don't know without internet on my phone and so so so much more.

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.

it wasn't hard but it was engaging and applicable to our experiences

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

the staff at Villa Morgen was so friendly and helpful and made my time in Florence so wonderful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

it was hard to be totally integrated with having so many english speaking people around

* 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

It was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to everyone


* 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 $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? buy groceries and make meals instead of eating out


* 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? none for italian, 3 years of high school spanish
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? to practice with each other

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the food
  • the community
  • the city and the villa
* What could be improved?
  • more immersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that there is an app for every city that have maps you can download and use without wifi