An endeavor that made me grow out of my comfort zone! January 04, 2022

By (Muhlenberg College) - abroad from 06/05/2021 to 06/27/2021 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 be more open minded, act culturally appropriate, and to be more independent. All these skills I developed were defiantly worthwhile and applicable to other parts of my life moving forward.

Review Photos

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program was amazing and very helpful the whole time I was residing in Florence!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I did not expect them to be that nice to be honest! We were placed in a residential neighborhood, living next to all Italian neighbors for the full Italian experience.

* 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 had no health issues on my trip

* Safety:

I felt very safe, often saw the police walking around along with the army around the Duomo.

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

Florence was the perfect city for me. I felt very safe and knew my way around with out the gps by the end of my 3 week trip!


* 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 about $300 each week on food and other expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would suggest to get a currency translator app, since euros are a little more expensive than dollars and we often forget that when we swipe our card!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Italian
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Get a CD so you can practice pronunciation in the car!

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?
  • How accessible SAI Staff was abroad if I was ever in need
  • The SAI events planned during the week
  • The people in Italy
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation back to the airport could be provided as well?
  • Possible trip suggestions- travel life hacks in Europe
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The laundry situation- was not prepared! The exchange rate in Italy- expensive!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Art and Architecture in Florence and Tuscany

Course Department:
Instructor: Cecilia Ricci
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was moderately challenging for we had to memorize a lot of history in ancient Florence. We went on a field trip to Lucca which was a very fun and interactive experience.
Credit Transfer Issues: I did not have any issues transferring my credit to my home university.