Challenging, but good! Past Review

By (CUNY - College of Staten Island) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 07/27/2018 with

CUNY - College of Staten Island: Venice - Study Abroad at Istituto Venezia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it 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.

Tough program for native English speakers, fast paced, but I learned a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really enjoyed the staff at the institute, incredibly helpful and friendly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living quarters are the best for the price you are going to find in Venice.

* Food:

Food was very good in Venice but expensive, I would recommend buying groceries which are very affordable.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Venice is a huge tourist city with so many people flowing in and out on a weekly basis, it was a challenge for me to feel integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with the healthcare.

* Safety:

Safe city, I heard about pick-pocketing but thank God it didn't happen to me.

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)

I didn't really keep track.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not sure.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy Groceries!


* 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

They highly encourage using the language more so then the students native language during the course.

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? some duolingo
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? just do it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?