Best experience of my life! March 28, 2023

By (Marketing, University of South Carolina - Columbia) - abroad from 08/15/2022 to 12/15/2022 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 about different cultures and different ways of life compared to mine. I learned to take in every moment as you get it and always live in the present because you never know when you're going to experience something on that level ever again.

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.

SAI - florence university of the arts was amazing! The program provided me with everything I needed while abroad plus more! I was introduced to so many people from all over the United States through my same program that are now my best friends. The SAI on-site staff was always so warm and welcoming and they provided help with anything that was ever needed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was in a phenomenal location however we always had issues with appliances in our apartment breaking.

* 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


* 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? about $100 i would say
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I worked the whole entire summer before coming abroad and saved every bit of money I could.


* 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
  • International Students
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?
  • Housing Location
  • Friends i met
  • SAI on-site staff
* What could be improved?
  • housing improvements
  • education communication with professors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish someone who has lived in Italy before would have packed my suitcase for me! I brought everything that I wish I didn't bring and left everything at home that I wish I had brought.

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.