Amazing opportunity for personal growth Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/09/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was worthwhile. More than an academic challenge, it was a personal challenge. I learned a lot about myself.

Personal Information

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.

* 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?

If you have a cold or a minor health issue, it's very easy to schedule and see a doctor through GeoBlue (the app is very helpful) and it's free. But, if you have to do a medical exam or get tested for whatever reason, you have to go to an actual hospital and you will have to pay for that on your own.

* Safety:

Nothing happened to me but my friend had a really bad experience walking home late at night. A stranger followed her and tried to kiss her forcibly.

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)


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Language Pledge
* What could be improved?
  • Technical Difficulties
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew the lectures were going to be so long.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Storia della Radio e della Televisione

Course Department:
Instructor: Valentini
Instruction Language: Italian
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Storia del Cinema

Course Department:
Instructor: Bernardi
Instruction Language: Italian
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Lab. Critica Cinematografica

Course Department:
Instructor: Nepi
Instruction Language: Italian
Credit Transfer Issues: