This expereince was the best experience of my life and I could not have asked for anything more. Past Review

By (Deaf Eduation, McDaniel College) for

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Florence - Intern in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Living abroad was VERY worthwhile, the internship aspect did little to nothing to help my professional development.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Florence Univeristy of the Arts
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.

The courses were well structured however I feel that FUA did not enforce a lot of policies and there were no repercussions for those not following academic guidelines.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I rarely met with my advisor for my internship and in the end only worked 3 hours a week at my internship site.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my apartment and my roommates were great! I wish there would have been more variety in terms of international students living with us.

* Food:

The food was amazing, I found it hard to eat when I returned to the United Stated because I enjoyed the food so much.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the ability to travel while I was there. I took advantage of every opportunity I could. My favorite thing in Florence was the open produce markets.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe while in Florence

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

it was too short, I felt that 6 weeks did not provide me with as much language as I was hoping for.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? be open minded.