I would definitely recommend studying abroad in Florence, Italy! Past Review

By (Illinois State University) - abroad from 05/24/2012 to 06/23/2012 with

Lorenzo de’ Medici – Two Italies (Florence and Tuscania)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was a wonderful experience! I wish I could do it all over again. You get to learn so much about different cultures and really immerse yourself into something new and exciting. You get to meet people all over the world and build new friendships and connections.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 350 (includes traveling)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy food from supermarkets instead of eating out at restaurants.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Met a lot of new friends!
  • Traveled to many cool places.
  • Enjoyed the culture.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing, it was a great program!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to bring medicine from home for colds and allergies because the healthcare and medicine that I needed was expensive and did not always work. I wish I knew that often many students get sick when studying abroad.