Amazing and life-changing Past Review

By (Marketing., Illinois State University) - abroad from 02/28/2013 to 05/18/2013 with

Lorenzo de' Medici - Summer: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A new perspective on life and people. I new understanding of other cultures. Visiting different countries and constantly learning new things.

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.

Some classes were a little harder than I was expecting, but overall I liked them.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nicer apartments than I thought.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I would have liked to have met more Italians around my age and wish the school had set something up or gave us more information on how to.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health issues.

* Safety:

I never felt in danger or scared in any way.

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

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)

It's pretty to budget yourself once your there.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around a 100 euro or less. It just depends on what you do during the week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan out how much you want to spend on groceries and things during the week. If you plan out your trips in advance it'll be cheaper and you can set aside money early.

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? 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? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Look up key phrases.

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

  • Apartment
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Being abroad
  • The people
  • All the new things (food, traveling, etc)
* What could be improved?
  • The help from the home institution before leaving
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan your trips to different countries earlier so it would be cheaper and you won't waste any time/weekends.