Truly Transformative and Profound Experience to gain fundamental Perspective February 20, 2024

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/06/2023 to 05/17/2024 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned a lot about the language / culture

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.

It was definitely more rigorous and intense than expected. Resources were good just a little sporadic and disorganized.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration took care of everything that was needed. It was a bit sporadic and disorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Place was beautiful - Host was crazy.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Being an Italian-American definitely helped in integrating with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was great!

* Safety:

Florence was very safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Probably a program where the course load was not so rigorous


* 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)


Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not sure
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out every night


* 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

Frequent encouragement. Required to use it within the school

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 340?
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? Just be really committed to speak for a large portion of the time.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Fellow Classmates
  • City Life
  • Italian Food / Language
* What could be improved?
  • More structure
  • More bonding events involving the entire school
  • Improved administraiton
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How hard classes were going to be

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Economia e Soceita

Course Department:
Instructor: Mancini
Instruction Language:
Comments: Loved it
Credit Transfer Issues: Was not necessary
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Course Department:
Instructor: Carleti
Instruction Language:
Comments: Amazing
Credit Transfer Issues: Not neccessary
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Course Department:
Instructor: De Martino
Instruction Language:
Comments: It was not very challenging and quite boring. However, this was less of a reflection upon the Professor and pertained more to the material
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A
Course Name/Rating:

Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente

Course Department:
Instructor: Tonini
Instruction Language:
Comments: It was very challenging because the class was all in Italian. Lecture heavy. He spoke Italian in a fast manner
Credit Transfer Issues: