SAI Florence University of the Arts 10-star experience! October 01, 2018

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 01/22/2018 to 05/10/2018 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 that other cultures have a more relaxed and simplistic lifestyle than we are raised with in America. I learned to prioritize relationships and enjoy long dinners stemming from authentic conversation and incredible cuisine. I came back with a longing to cook wholesome food and go back to the basics.

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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.

I learned so much through the courses at FUA. They were intense yet vividly interesting. We had to work in a different capacity than back at home, which was something I really appriciated.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

SAI was so helpful with anything big or small. They were located centrally and were always willing to throw out suggestions on where to eat or help with housing.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment with SAI was one of my favorite parts of choosing this program. My apartment was on a popular street with tons to do right near the city center.

* Food:

Italian food = dreamy.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt as though I had real opportunities to interact with locals. I learned language tips from shop owners and shared many laughs with the Florentines.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to go to the doctor once during the semester and it was all paid for with our insurance, and the doctor was from England so he spoke perfect english. I was seen within 5 minutes.

* Safety:

Make sure to order a cab to go to the train station if leaving early in the a.m.

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

I could not imagine going through another program besides SAI. They were friendly, informative, and made sure to immerse students in Florentine culture.

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)

there are a lot of unaccounted for expenses such as travel strikes.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget more than you would think. Also create a budget before hand or soon after arrival and be disciplined with it.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Location
  • Classes
  • Staff
* What could be improved?
  • Help budgeting
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had trained myself in patience before leaving for the program because people in Italy move at their own pace and enjoy lingering. I did not really expect this and found myself annoyed at first. I then learned to appreciate the cultural simplicity.