Once in a Lifetime Past Review

By (Accounting, Boston College) - abroad from 01/18/2012 to 05/12/2012 with

Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a once in a lifetime experience that I will forever cherish. I hope to one day be able to revisit Florence and possibly even stay there for good.

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.

I really enjoyed the classes that I took. The professors for the most part were easy to understand and the international spin they took on issues I've learned about before was very eye-opening.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was very accommodating to whatever needs we had.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was a bit small, but not bad relative to other apartments we visited while in Florence. The stove could have been a bit nicer.

* Food:

The food was amazing, absolutely no complaints.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I thought the local citizens were generally very friendly and happy to speak to us in italian or english.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It was pretty safe although I did have friends who were jumped and had their wallets stolen.

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)

Finding good food for cheap prices was very manageable, as long as you stayed clear of the tourist spots (Duomo, Ponte Vecchio).

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No


* 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 encouraged us to use it when running errands and ordering food.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the size and accessibility of Florence
  • the variety of different schools that also attended the program
  • the school/courses
* What could be improved?
  • a bigger gym facility
  • cheaper prices for the trips that we could take through the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how early you need to sign up for trips around Europe, as the student deals run out pretty quickly.