Trip of a lifetime! Past Review

By (Kansas State University) - abroad from 01/26/2015 to 05/15/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I could write on and on about the experiences I gained and learned from studying abroad with SAI. It was worth every bit of hard work I put into it, and I highly recommend every student study abroad for at least one semester because you will learn more about yourself, what you want to do with your life, how to live in a completely different environment, getting out of your comfort zone, and I could go on and on! Studying abroad will help you professionally and I will definitely go with SAI again!!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academic experience was incredible! Completely different than a college course in the U.S., however, it was a good difference. Classes weren't so focused on grades, more of learning, which I loved!!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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? 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)

It wasn't very easy because I had to pay for the entire trip by myself. If I had more money saved up, it would have been easier to live there for so long! However, groceries were not that expensive and I made it work!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 20-75 euros a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure to learn about the shopping and markets before spending loads of money the first week there! Once you shop around for a few weeks, you will learn where to get the most for your money, and this included shopping!!


* 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

My program encouraged it and I was so glad I took an Italian class!

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice practice practice! The Italians love to practice their English and the more you try to speak Italian, the quicker you will pick it up!! Seriously! I felt almost fluent by the end of one semester! I highly recommend taking a language class as well, so that you can learn correct forms of wording, tense, etc.

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
  • International 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?
  • Housing
  • Roommate choices
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • More excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To save all my money up! 5 months is a long time to plan for and I under-planned!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.