Exploring Italy with friends who turned into family February 19, 2016

By (Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 05/18/2015 to 06/05/2015 with

Eastern Illinois University (EIU): Exploration of Italian History, Culture, and Technology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about diversity and adapting to living in other cultures

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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:

Be careful about pick-pocketers.

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)

Could have spent less, but the full experience is worth spending more money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save a jar of change and turn it in for cash before you go. Once you know you're studying abroad, try saving 20$ a week for the trip.

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?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Learning about the culture of Italy
  • Eating Italian Food
  • Exploring history
* What could be improved?
  • classwork
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take more clothes in my carry on! My luggage was lost for 4 days!

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.