Do it! Past Review

By (Bentley University) - abroad from 06/03/2013 to 08/30/2013 with

Lorenzo de' Medici - Summer: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a bit about wine and architecture, and had some fun in between... It was very worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Not hard, courses were straightforward and fun! Ample time to relax and enjoy myself

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Friendly and easygoing

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great apartment, close to a metro stop, eateries and groceries.

* Food:

Loved the Roman food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Learning the language helped a lot, and by the end, even Romans were asking me for help

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

Guard your pockets

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? EUR 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to cook

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? Intermediate
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? Go out and talk to Italians

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

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

  • 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?
  • Meeting Friends
  • Exploring
* What could be improved?
  • group tours
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Rome is quite expensive