An Amazing and Unforgetable Adventure Throughout Europe Past Review

By (Accounting, Bentley University) - abroad from 08/30/2012 to 12/15/2012 with

Lorenzo de' Medici – Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned to be much more independent and how to navigate myself through foreign countries. I only had myself to depend on (and the friends I made there). It was the most meaningful experience I've had by far.

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.

I thought it was great! The difficulty level of my classes was perfect for the amount of traveling I was doing. I loved all my teachers too and their English was great as well (for the most part)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Sabina was awesome!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom, Anastasia Devetta, was the sweetest lady. She made me feel so comfortable! Her son was amazing, and invited us to his home for dinner parties, and her grandchildren came over a decent amount as well which was great!! They were adorable as well. I miss the family so much!

* Food:

Anastasia was an AMAZING cook!! I loved all her food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt really comfortable with the culture and walking around the city. Everyone was so friendly and I felt as though I learned a lot about the Italian culture while i was there

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Great! I had a UTI while I was there and I was easily able to treat it. I didn't have to pay a cent.

* Safety:

Overall i felt as though it was safe. I was with someone when she got robbed, and it was quite a traumatic experience, however for the most part I felt safe

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)

I traveled quite a bit. Excluding traveling, I lived on only about 50 a week.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 50, Unless I was traveling. Including the costs of my trips each weekend, I probably spent around 300 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I kept a log of everything I spent money on, so I was inclined to spend less because I constantly saw how much money I was using.


* 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

My Italian class was entirely taught in Italian!

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? One semester of beginners Italian (Italian 101)
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? ROSETTA STONE

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

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • The city
  • The people
  • The experience
* What could be improved?
  • Class descriptions
  • More interactive orientation
  • WIFI
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had kept a blog. I also wish I knew how difficult it would be to get from Florence to Rome to get home. I would have planned that differently coming home

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.'