From Florence to Venice September 17, 2017

By (West Texas A&M University) - abroad from 06/02/2017 to 07/01/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worth while, experiencing new art techniques and being seeing the different mediums of art at the many art galleries and exhibitions. Giving me many ideas in my artwork, and a newfound confidence to create more.

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?

* 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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? purchase the essentials, and if you need to spend money do it with a clear mind, and not just blow most of your money away cause it is very tempting in a new country to buy souvenirs, etc.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Printmaking study
  • interactions with the people
* What could be improved?
  • more students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The weather, i wish i packed alot more short appropriate stuff, like not having long sleeve shirts and what not. since it stayed so hot over there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'