Florence Facts and Fun Past Review

By (Elementary Education and Linguistics, The College of William and Mary) for

SAI Study Abroad: Florence - Florence University of the Arts (FUA)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I absolutely think my experience was worthwhile--I learned a lot about others and about myself, and I came back to the States with different perspectives and attitudes that I will carry with me in the future.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was different in Florence, and although it wasn't as difficult as at William and Mary, I still worked hard.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were responsive, but a little disorganized

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Italian food is AMAZING! Find the more local and less touristy places and anything you order will be fantastic.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I liked the Etruscan Coast weekend.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Florence is generally a safe place, as long as you are smart about when/with whom you walk home at night.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Italy is a little more expensive than America, but if you're careful with your food and personal spending, you'll be fine. Planning trips was a bit more expensive than I expected.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 102
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The city and the classes
* What could be improved?
  • The organization