The greatest experience of my life. Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., Illinois State University) - abroad from 08/28/2012 to 12/15/2012 with

Lorenzo de’ Medici – Tuscania: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned not just about a different culture and country I learned so much about myself.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were great. They exposed me to the culture of the area in which I stayed while also giving me a new perspective on topics I have never studied before.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The people who work at LDM Tuscania are the greatest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working and sharing experiences with. I cannot say enough good things about the people there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was unbelievable and I felt at home while I was there.

* Food:

The best food I have ever had in my life.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It can be a hard transition because not all people are open to different cultures but I never experienced any problems.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt very safe and never felt in danger.

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)

Since it was a small town it was easy to save money because the prices are cheaper in small towns as compared to the large cities.


* 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 entire Italian Language class was in Italian, no english ever.

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
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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?

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  • 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 Places
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Italian

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.