Beautiful! Past Review

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 05/13/2017 to 06/23/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the fashion industry in Italy.

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.

I had class every day where I had lectures and assignments, including a final project and exam.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I couldn't be happier with how helpful SAI Programs is in Florence!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had a beautiful two bedroom apartment with 2 other roommates.

* Food:

It's Italy. Food is incredible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived like a local!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was sick for about half of the program, but SAI was helpful in suggestions and the pharmacies in Italy are super helpful!

* Safety:

Just make sure you travel with a buddy after 10pm

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

SAI Programs took care of everything for me and my experience was amazing!


* 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)

Just don't go shopping every day like I wanted to

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 100 for food and 50 for miscellaneous things.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be prepared to buy toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and kitchen utensils!


* 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?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Apartment
  • Excursions
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Equipping the apartments better
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much I needed to buy for my apartment before I got there. The apartment was bare and we didn't even have any towel in the kitchen or any kind of soap anywhere.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!