Fantastic Instruction and Cultural Immersion January 10, 2019

By (Grinnell College) - abroad from 09/03/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

IES Abroad Milan - Music: Voice, Composition & Instrumental

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I felt very fortunate to receive the kind of private instrumental instruction that I did and of such a high caliber as well. It was very refreshing to be able to focus 100% on playing saxophone and improving my musicianship. I was also able to immerse myself in Italian culture through my homestay experience and service learning seminar, which allowed me to volunteer at a local soup kitchen every week!

Review Photos

IES Abroad Milan - Music: Voice, Composition & Instrumental Photo IES Abroad Milan - Music: Voice, Composition & Instrumental Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Center staff were among one of the nicest group of people I've met. Extremely caring, helpful, and always ensured that we were enjoying our experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Absolutely loved my homestay family and it was an integral part of my cultural immersion.

* Food:

Can't say anything bad about Italian food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was sick with tonsilitus twice, both of which I first checked in with the Student Affairs assistant and was accompanied with a CA to ensure that I could get the necessary information across. I was given a prescription and was able to buy the medicine no problem!

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Milan, and I feel like the center/homestay family did a good job advising us on where and when are places you should try ot avoid.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 75-100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to avoid touristy areas where prices generally go way up

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

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate German (200 lvl course)
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? Practice is key - try to speak as much as you possibly can (which means even during class!)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Quality of instruction
  • Living experience
  • Classes and scheduling
* What could be improved?
  • More cultural exchange
  • Wider range of activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's always a good idea to plan ahead and set some goals about what you want to get out of the program, even if they are quite simple.

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!