Florence In the Fall March 02, 2016

By (Communication and Media Studies, Riverside City College) - abroad from 09/02/2015 to 11/29/2015 with

CAPA The Global Education Network: Florence Study or Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much knowledge about the world, different cultures, different lifestyles, and and a lot about myself. I learned I was capable of a lot more than I thought. Traveling gives you the most rounded view of the world

Review Photos

CAPA The Global Education Network: Florence Study, Intern, or Advanced Italian Abroad Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Amazing housing right in the heart of the city!

* Food:

* 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? Yes

CAPA was very helpful, relatively affordable, and all around a well run company. They put you in the best apartments, offered a lot of support, and was always encouraging and helping students find various activities and things to see and visit!

Finances

* 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)

I was pretty capable on living on a student budget when it came to just my necessities, when it came to extra things such as travel and small trips is where it would start to get costly.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn how to cook! Eating out all the time is easy to do, but in Florence, there are so many open markets that sell fresh food and produce, and it is so fun!

Language

* 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? Spanish 2
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? Talk to locals, and ask the staff at the school for help! Many are eager to help

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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 people
  • The location
  • The apartments
* What could be improved?
  • Emergency line
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How amazing an experience it was going to be. That I shouldn't be scared or nervous of being in a completely new setting, because it was truly the greatest thing I've ever done in my life.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.