I can't imagine my life had I not studied abroad! Past Review

By (Telecommunications Management., Indiana University - Bloomington) for

Richmond American International University in Florence: Florence - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned everything I wanted to from Studying Abroad.

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.

Workload was not terrible. My program was more about experiencing the culture! The teaching methods were basic and easy to understand and adapt to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our advisors and support system was incredible and there at a moments notice to help with any issues.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was amazing. We ate at the best restaurants in Florence, for free!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our program provided us with optional retreats and activities (i.e. cooking classes, wine tastings, trips to surrounding towns)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Florence was an incredibly safe city!

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 would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Basic
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Dive into the culture and talk with locals.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meal Plan
  • Housing!
  • Planned activities
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? My program was for an independent, adventurous student looking to dive into the culture and experience as much as you could in 4 months!