Beautiful Trip! Totally worth it! November 14, 2019

By (Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 05/14/0019 to 05/31/2019 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 a lot about myself, others and the world. It was a once in a lifetime experience being able to live like a local for almost a month while attending a local university with a local professor who was so much fun.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This trip was amazing and completely exceeding my expectations. There were trips and tours planned some days and some days you had free to explore or do whatever you want. Classes were interesting and all the trips were amazing. The program will teach you a lot and you will learn more about yourself. Italy was beautiful and the food was amazing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administration were so nice and helpful and wanted to see we were happy.

* Housing:

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* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

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* Safety:

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

This trip was perfect for me because there was a good balance between academic tours and experiences and personal fun experiences that I got to do with the friends I made.

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
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up as much money as you can before you go and don't make any impulse purchases while you're there!

Language

* 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

It was fun learning the language during class.

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? 0
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • 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?
  • The food
  • The scenery
  • the friends and memories I made
* What could be improved?
  • Financial Planning
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't pack so much and get at least two pairs of very very comfortable walking shoes that are already broken in before you get there.

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.