It is a life changing and mind boggling experience that will never be forgotten. Past Review

By (Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW) - abroad from 05/20/2017 to 06/04/2017 with

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW: Florence - Culinary Tour of Tuscany

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How other cultures live, eat, speak, and their history. Also how to cook their foods. It was definitely worthwhile.

Review Photos

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW: Florence - Culinary Tour of Tuscany Photo Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW: Florence - Culinary Tour of Tuscany Photo

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This program is fantastic. Organized well and the instructor was fabulous.

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? 40 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure to put away money every paycheck leading up to leaving. Put it as cash in an envelope specifically for the study abroad trip. This will help to save and not use that money .

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? 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? French
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Listen and engage yourself in the language and culture. Practice it when you can.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The relationships built
  • The food
  • The culture
* What could be improved?
  • Better language prepping
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/a

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'