Wanderlust Past Review

By (Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas., Illinois State University) - abroad from 01/25/2012 to 05/05/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live with strangers, travel with friends, and live as an adult.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Lorenzo De Medici - Tuscania campus, Roma campus, Venezia campus (Tuscania, Rome, Venice)
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.

I learned a lot from the teachers abroad but wasn't aware of many of the resources needed or their price ahead of time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Tuscania administrator Massimo was very helpful and always excited to introduce us to new things, same with Arriana.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Little to no internet the entire trip as in every single city. Apartments in Venice were very nice though.

* Food:

we bought our own.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt welcomed by each person.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

If you got sick there was nothing to do because you weren't allowed to miss classes but it was nearly 200 euro to see a doctor.

* 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)

1 not very easy

* 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? 100 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look into applying directly to the school abroad to save money, make your own food don't eat out, and try to share school books to save money.


* 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? no italian at all
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? Take a beginner course before going.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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 teachers
  • The traveling
* What could be improved?
  • The cost
  • The communication
  • The amount of time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I could have gone and done the same program through Lorenzo for allot cheaper.