SAI is 100% worth it! October 08, 2019

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 01/20/2019 to 05/09/2019 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 how to make the most out of my time. I knew it would be a once in a lifetime experience and wanted to make it worth and I did. It was amazing and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was set up in a safe, clean, and cute apartment just outside the city center. It was close to school, groceries and lots of cafes and shopping.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I chipped my tooth while abroad and was so worried. But SAI was able to recommend an English speaking dentist to me and he was great. It all worked out really well.

* Safety:

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

They made my experience so seamless and valuable. I really felt supported and seen!

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead and know how much you have and how long it needs to last you. If you spend more in one month, you have to remember to subtract it out of the the next months budget to make sure you will still have enough at the end.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • On-site staff
  • Diversity of programs available
  • Fun excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing, SAI was incredible
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I am okay with what I knew before and how much I had to learn by experiencing it. I think it is okay to be surprised and learn how to work through obstacles of other cultures

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!