The experience of a lifetime Past Review

By (Truman State University) - abroad from 08/29/2016 to 12/15/2016 with

CUNY - College of Staten Island: Tuscania - Study Abroad at Lorenzo de’Medici

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I can travel all over the world by myself, and I also grew more independent. It gave me a love for travel and seeing and understanding new cultures. The experience was very worthwhile!!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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

The school helped us acclimate to the culture and checked in with us regularly to make sure we were doing okay. Also I loved the classes that I took while I was in Florence


* 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
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start saving as soon as you even think about studying abroad this will help with the money issues


* 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

Our school was international, so all classes were taught in English. We were encourages to use the language outside of our Italian class.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Beginner 2
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Classes
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Teachers
* What could be improved?
  • The language program was very intense
  • Location of housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Going into a new culture is very hard but it is very worth it in the end!

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.