Venice was AMAZING Past Review

By (Bunker Hill Community College) - abroad from 06/25/2018 to 07/20/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language skills. Cultural exposure. It was very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Damiano was the best most helpful person.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a little hard because of the lack of elevator and air conditioning, but other than that we were very happy. It was very helpful to have a washer.

* Food:

Its Italy! The food was amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was a little hard to get integrated into the local culture. Its common for the foreigners to hang out together. Once or twice we went to beach parties and thats where I got most exposure to locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My friend had an achey knee and he was able to speak to the pharmacist and get a brace. Other than that we didnt need much in terms of healthcare.

* Safety:

I walked around at all hours and felt very safe. I was never mugged or pickpocketed. I was smart about keeping a low profile and not showing too much that I was from out of country. Even the men were not very aggressive and if you said you were not interested, would leave you alone.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved everything and would want to go again to solidify and expand on everything I learned.


* 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)

It is easy to live cheaply. You can buy cheap food and cook. It gets tempting to eat out all the time though, so be aware of that.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I personally spent a lot because I chose to go out to eat thinking I would not get this opportunity all the time. I would say I spent 300+ euros on food a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook your own food! Try to walk because thats the best way to see Venice and you will save a lot as well as get tons of exercise. Bring your own sunscreen because sunscreen in Venice is incredibly expensive.


* 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? Level 3
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? Try to avoid speaking in English in class and try to practice with locals, especially when ordering food and drinks at a restaurant or bar.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?