Best experience of my life February 08, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/04/2019 to 01/09/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
cultural experience was amazing. learned so much about other people, the world and myself

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?

great to have apartment but our host (essentially landlord) was a bit unreasonable and frustrating about money. very happy to have own space though and was overall what i wanted besides the 'host'.

* Food:

italy. amazing food on every corner

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

florence has many american students, but through working at the Fattoria di Maiano and making an effort to speak and use the italian I was studying, I got a lot out of this experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

felt very safe always

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

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)

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

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? 252 at middlebury
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? internship was great for me to use italian. put yourself out there as best you can. Make a cafe or restaurant your spot and speak with the people that work there and they'll encourage you.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • meeting the new people of the world
  • speaking the language
* What could be improved?
  • middlebury classes should be more about italian/ the city your in
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? italy is italy... different than USA. takes some time to figure out and it will be weird but will eventually happen. patience

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Storia della radio e della televisione

Course Department: cinema
Instructor: Prof. Valentini
Instruction Language: Italiano
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