Unforgettable August 31, 2019

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/08/2019 to 05/02/2019 with

International Studies Institute / ISI Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learning a new language. Meet new people from different universities. Also using and knowing the transportation systems.

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.

Good space for working and great resources of studying.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very organized and very respectful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Amazing great location. We were in the middle of everything.

* Food:

Fantastic. I loved everything I ate.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very integrated. Spoke with many Italians because of learning italian at the ISI school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very easy to access.

* Safety:

Just always walked around with a friend and you were fine.

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

Everyone in the program and the city of Florence were great. People that were so great and fun to talk to.

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)

Very easy. I still had a good amount of money left over.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 25-40 euros each week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be smart on what you buy. Also don’t go out to eat every night. Learn how to cook especially in a place like Italy.

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

I loved learning italian. Everywhere I went I spoke to everyone when ever I had the chance

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advance Spanish. Regions diploma
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? Go to a restaurant and try to speak to the waiters or waitresses. It comes a long way.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • People
  • Food
  • Atmosphere
* What could be improved?
  • The heating in the apartment
  • The WiFi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I was prepared pretty well before going to this program.

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.