DoIt! Past Review

By (Sociology., Illinois State University) - abroad from 05/24/2012 to 06/22/2012 with

Lorenzo de’ Medici – Tuscania: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A different way of living and it was worthwhile.

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.

There is a lot to learn and many ways to grow from studying abroad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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)

I had personal medical expenses so I had to go over the student budget and if you plan on travelling at all even within the host country it is going to cost more. Also if you want to buy gifts for freinds and family.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 300 euros


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
  • Hostel
* 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?
  • The people
  • The beauty
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • Expenses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that having a cell phone is mandatory.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Italian Cusin

Course Department:
Instructor: Franci
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The instructor is simply the best and really down to earth.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Italian cinema

Course Department:
Instructor: Ogla della Casa
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The teacher is really nice but it is a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time. If it was a full semester, I believe it would've been fine.
Credit Transfer Issues: No