Florence is a truly beautiful place May 21, 2020

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/08/2020 to 05/05/2020 with

International Studies Institute / ISI Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that there is so much to see in the world and the time I had there taught me how to travel and enjoy foreign locations. It will be something I never forget.

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?

The living arrangements were excellent and very comfortable. Excellent location as well.

* Food:

The Food available was great across the city, although more locations for discounts were desired.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The ISI team helped students be aware of how to approach the local culture and then the locals were very welcoming.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city was very safe. With common sense and other knowledge provided by the ISI team there was very little danger.

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

I loved everything about my time in Italy and all the travelling done. The program was also very helpful with every step from the documentation to just finding ways to travel.

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? About $100-$150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook at home and buy items from local markets which are much cheaper than going out to eat.

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? Italian 1
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? Begin to use the language at the local stores and restaurants. The locals find it much more respectful and act much more helpful or friendly.

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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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The City
  • The Food
  • The Travelling
* What could be improved?
  • More food discounts
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to pack a little more lightly

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.'