Roller coaster 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?
I learned more about myself and learned to be more independent, and I am grateful that I went.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were not challenging, and barely received any homework or tests. Did not really learn much in any of my classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartment was kind of out of date and small, but was in a good location.

* 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:

I always felt pretty safe while in Florence.

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

Prior to leaving the country, I had to apply for a student visa, and the one advisor, Matt, was not helpful at all and didn't provide any information that I needed, and it was a very stressful time.


* 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? I spent around €30-40 on food each week


* 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? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Spanish

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
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Not having to pay for class expenses
* What could be improved?
  • Student visa help
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? All the information that I needed for applying for my student visa

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Communicating in Italian

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Francesca Peruzzi
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Course was not challenging, and I expected to actually learn Italian while taking this class.
Credit Transfer Issues: