Semester of a lifetime Past Review

By (Susquehanna University) - abroad from 01/27/2016 to 05/12/2016 with

Global Semesters: Florence - Semester in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, choose your travel companions wisely and always have a positive attitude.

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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.

It was a good difficulty level for being abroad and traveling.I learned a lot and really enjoyed on sight field trips in Florence.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Oliva was absolutely wonderful. I have no complaints. She was very hands on and helpful throughout the entire experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was spacious and well stocked. The location was very central, although our apartment was next door to a bar so it was very loud all night.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Because I attended an international school, I spent most of my time with Americans, but i felt very comfortable with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no issues or vaccines, but the program was very well prepared to help if i needed it. They provided insurance.

* Safety:

i never felt unsafe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

The on site program was great, but the headache of getting the paperwork and lack of communication before I left America was not worth the stress.


* 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? roughly 100, more when I took weekend trips
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook for yourself and avoid eating out all the time.


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? first semester of intermediate
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? be persistent about speaking that language or people will try to practice their English with you instead.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • experiencing the culture
  • traveling
  • independence
* What could be improved?
  • pre-departure process
  • better process of assigning roommates
  • more cultural immersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You don't have to be best friends with your roommates.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!