Amazing Experience that Ill never forget Past Review

By (SUNY - College at Oneonta) - abroad from 09/03/2016 to 12/16/2016 with

KEI Abroad in Florence, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so worthwhile, i learned to live on my own and be self-sufficient

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.

The program in Florence is at an exceptionally great school that pushes students hard and expects a lot from them

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We had an amazing apartment in a location convenient to the historic city center and to our school

* 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:

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)

If i was eating in and only buying groceries, i spent less than 30 euros a week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel within the country you're studying, see that country before buying plane tickets to all the surrounding areas


* 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? Beginner
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? one semester of intro college italian
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? use it everyday, even if its with your english-speaking roommates

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

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • My classmates
  • Being in the heart of Florence
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • Given the class schedule in advance
  • More preparation on how much work is expected
  • Less people in one apartment
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That i would miss florence more than any other place i visited and should have focused on spending as much time there as i could