Everyday is a learning experience. Grazie Italia! July 11, 2018

By (Global Studies, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/07/2018 to 06/27/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
During my time abroad I learned how to be independent while also learning to make new friends who I wouldn't normally have on campus. My host family was the best part of my experience, and although it was a bit awkward in the beginning I looked forward to eating a meal with them everyday and practicing Italian.

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.

Really enjoyed my courses with Middlebury, not so much the university ones.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone is genuinely concerned about you and is willing to help you in any way possible. They made me feel very welcomed during my entire stay.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

my host family was the best part of my study abroad.

* Food:

More than amazing

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

resources were given to us and explained with much detail

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Florence is a beautiful city filled with so much history and culture. There is always something new to do and learn about. I had every opportunity to practice my language abilities

Finances

* 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)

If you are smart about your expenses, it can be fairly easy. But also very easy to go out and get dessert every night.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be conscious of what you really need and not what you want.

Language

* 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

Middlebury does a great job at encouraging everyone to practice their speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? ITAL354
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? Keep speaking in Italian, sooner or later the waiters and everyone else will help you and teach you new phrases

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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 program staff/ profs
  • My host family
  • Language Pledge
* What could be improved?
  • excursions
  • more check ins for those taking university classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There will be ups and downs, days when you will feel out of place, but there is always someone available to talk to you from the Middlebury program

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