This changed my life. Best experience ever! Past Review

By (N/A, Illinois State University) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much. I am very cultured.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: No, I did not.
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.

Work load was moderate. NOt too hard.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were great. Very nice people.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dirty, dirty, dirty. We had mold.

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You are going to spend a lot of money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Public Relations
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Locals, and classmates.

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

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Learn about the culture before going abroad.