Life in Florence February 02, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/05/2018 to 01/31/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much love for the city and region I lived in. Very worthwhile

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.

It was indeed quite difficult to take exams in the tradition Italian manner

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought that sometimes we were talked to like children, and sometimes things weren't well organized

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I couldn't have been placed in a better place

* Food:

I can't explain how much I love Italian cuisine

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very. I made some Florentine friends through my family and got to know shop owners/restauranteurs.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had a health issue so I can't really comment

* Safety:

Florence is extremely safe, I never felt any sort of discomfort

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? Fluent
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? 300-level
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My host family
  • Florence
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • The field trip to Naples
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You don't put cheese on wild boar ragu. That's a food sin

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Le voci degli immigrati

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Prof. Tacchi
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: The course was good in that we were able to interact with contemporary issues in Italy
Credit Transfer Issues: No