It is what you make it, the more you put in, the more you take out Past Review

By (Special Education, Illinois State University) - abroad from 01/31/2013 to 05/18/2013 with

Lorenzo de’ Medici – Tuscania: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Mainly communicating with other people from all over the world, including the Americans. I think it was worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

wines and foods class were by far the best with awesome teachers!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was an all right location but my apartment didn't have an oven and wasn't made for tall people... I am 5'9" and hit my head on everything! Also, my roommate situation is pretty bad

* Food:

I mean come on, it's Italy!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since it's such a small town, you really are forced to get to know the locals and speak Italian which I absolutely loved.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safest town ever! I walked home alone at like midnight several times and felt completely safe. Everyone knows everyone in Tuscania and they keep tabs on everyone, especially the Americans. They definitely look out for us.

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


* 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? If you really wanted to, easily about 10 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? USE ALL OF YOUR MEAL VOUCHERS


* 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

Not many people speak English here so we didn't have much of a choice

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? For Italian- 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? Just really get to know the locals, I definitely wish I had done that more

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?

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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 town
  • the food
* What could be improved?
  • English spoken by certain teachers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? February is the coldest month in Italy and March is bipolar!!! Bring lots of layers and an umbrella

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.