Under the Tuscan Sun Past Review

By (Business Administration International Business Concentration, Ithaca College) - abroad from 01/23/2012 to 05/09/2012 with

IES Abroad: Siena - IES Abroad Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Confidence, travel experience, love from a wonderful family. Totally worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Homestays are the best- great way to learn about the culture

* Food:

Uh, it's Italy. Everything is delicious

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Homestay helped integration

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Program assisted but it is just different being sick in another country

* Safety:

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)

Budget and save- be smart about your money but it's worth it and on hard to live on your budget if you try

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe $100 or less, depends on if traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? look up student deals and cheap airlines


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 202
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? Get a language partner or practice with a professor, or use rosetta stone

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Professors (especially just chatting with them)
  • learning about new cultures
  • traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Classes aren't always interesting
  • Classes are very heavy at the end, spread coursework out
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That is was going to snow so much! Freak Tuscan weather!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

ITAL 300

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Roberta Resti
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: Roberta is the best! Learned so much and had so much fun!
Credit Transfer Issues: