An Experience of a Lifetime Past Review

By (Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Saint Marys College of California) - abroad from 01/27/2015 to 05/22/2015 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 changed my life. I was able to see the world, gain independence, and experience living in another country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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

Finances

* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to plan out how much money you would like to put aside for shopping, travel expenses, and food. Planning ahead helps a lot!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The free trips
  • The SAI staff was extremely helpful and friendly
  • The activities that were offered
* What could be improved?
  • Explain the protocol with health a little more, suggest doctors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I could've planned my schedule better. Most weekend trips would leave Thursday and return Sunday. Upon arriving, I was able to switch my schedule around but it was complicated getting all the approvals I needed from my home school.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'