The Best Program October 18, 2018

By (University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) - abroad from 06/24/2018 to 08/03/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile, I loved my program and it provided the perfect classes and environment for me to be able to branch out and make friends and explore parts of Europe.

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.

The professors I had abroad were amazing. They gave a great insight into the culture I was in and provided a completely different perspective of my classes than I get back home.

* 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

I went abroad alone and this program was perfect for me being able to branch out and become friends with students that go to school across the US.

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? I spent around 200 a week but had also saved for a long time knowing I would be buying more while abroad.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not buy a ton of "stuff" but use your money for weekend traveling or buying a couple nice things that really show a part of the culture of the city.

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?

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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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting new people
  • ability to travel and explore my host city and parts of Europe
* What could be improved?
  • use apartments with more than one bathroom
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known how much freedom I would have with in the program.

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!