Beautiful May 19, 2020

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/07/2020 to 05/02/2020 with

International Studies Institute / ISI Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
so much cultural insight. very worthwhile. An eye opening experience

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?

did not love going up 140 stairs every day but it kept me in shape!

* Food:

Food was amazing

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

had no medical experience (aside from global pandemic)

* Safety:

the city feels very safe, but there are people who had things stolen. Keep a small bag where you can put your phone and money. Stay clear of people trying to sell small bracelets or things like that.

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

Well we got our experience cut short, so i would love to go back. But i really loved all my classes and professors, and Florence is honestly the most beautiful city we saw while we were there

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)

i spent most of my money in the first month when we were settling. It was not hard to spend less than 100$ a week when you get in the groove of it. I spent probably closer to 50$ a week on food

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? It depends. In about 2 months including multiple trips i think i spent between 1500-2000$ total
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? dont eat out every night. Make food with your friends!!!

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

especially at markets or breakfast places

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French 5
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? Use it whenever you can

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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?

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?
  • Food
  • the city
  • living with friends
* What could be improved?
  • not going during a pandemic
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack less

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!