Rollercoaster August 24, 2022

By (Art History, Berea College) - abroad from 05/26/2022 to 06/23/2022 with

KIIS: Italy - Experience Italy, Summer Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I believe it was worthwhile because I feel it is important to have certain experiences at certain stages in life and after being a college student, I feel experiencing another country to be a good step

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

They did not adequately prepare us for the pricing of food we would have to buy for ourselves, which made the trip very difficult

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program directors occasionally aided in trips to the hospital (which unfortunately were multiple, but never severe), which is the bare minimum for escorting non-citizens who do not speak the language.

* Safety:

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

Italy was important to me, personally, for my growth and studies and despite any bumps in the road along the way, Italy would always be where I choose,


* 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)

They definitely underestimated the cost of meals for each student during the week.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200


* 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

We often had someone who spoke the language during group outings, but otherwise we were on our own to pick it up and use it for ease of living.

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? None
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? Finding a phrasebook for your language is a quick way to pick up on patterns in the language and feel like you can speak quickly. Numbers and money vocabulary are also important.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The art and architecture
  • My roommates
  • Learning the cities
* What could be improved?
  • Pacing of classes
  • Preparation for budgets
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A little bit more Italian.

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!