Never going through SAI again and will pass that knowledge to future students Past Review

By (Communications/Theatre/Dance, Florence University of the Arts) - abroad from 05/13/2013 to 08/03/2013 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Not exaggerating

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

If I could go back to FUA, I would. However, I would not go back with SAI. SAI ripped me off multiple times and did not provide proper administration on-site.

* 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?

* Safety:

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


* 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)

Although you're there to learn, it's also a vacation. Bring money to spend and don't get caught up with the euro -> dollar conversions.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? save up as much as possible


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? french 102
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? take an italian class

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • chef desy's cooking class
  • people and food
  • florence
* What could be improved?
  • SAI
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I should of went through another program to go to FUA