Studying Abroad in Milan, Italy Past Review

By (Fashion Merchandising., SUNY - College at Oneonta) - abroad from 06/26/2014 to 07/26/2014 with

KEI Abroad in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Though there were some negative aspects, overall it was the best experience I have had in college so far. Very worthwhile to say that you took classes in another country but get to travel the country at the same time.

Review Photos

Knowledge Exchange Institute: Milan - Instituto Europeo di Design Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

A lot of the classes were just watching documentaries or something that I could learn on my own. I felt like I was supposed to go to Milan for a more hands on experience but I paid almost $6,000 in tuition for things that I could do on my own.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There was no "on-site" director. He lived almost an hour away from us and he never answered our emails or messages about questions or important things. A lot of us felt like he could not handle the responsibility of KEI.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Only negative was that it was an hour commute to campus.

* 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:

We felt like our neighborhood was not really safe. My roommate had her wallet stolen during the program, I had bank fraud, and someone else in our class had someone climb through her windows at night and steal her passport, laptop, handbags, and wallet. Could be safer.

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


* 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? 300


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Sightseeing
  • Meeting new friends
  • Our apartment
* What could be improved?
  • Curriculum in classes/commute
  • Preparation for program
  • Safety
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I would need to budget on average for buying food etc.

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.'