A great experience in Tuscany Past Review

By (Economics., SUNY - Binghamton) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would not trade my experience for anything in the world. I really enjoyed the classes that I took and well as the people that I met. I have learned a lot about myself and about new cultures. The world is a big place and there is a lot going on. Europe is a place that everyone should (given the chance) visit. I am very glad I went.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned so much during my time abroad, much of which I could not have learned anywhere else. It was a great experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was helpful almost every time we needed them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Compared to everyone else in our program, our apartment was very small. There was not much 'living' area, but the landlord was exceptional. The apartment was also situated in a local part of the city, which was a great experience. <br /><br /> It was nice living in a local area, but the apartment was small and freezing, the heat barely worked.

* Food:

The food was great in Italy. We spent most of the time cooking our own meals, wear we got to test many Italian recipes.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to go visit a vineyard in Tuscany. That was a unbelievable experience. I was also able to visit a cheese making facility. I got to make cheese myself as well as enjoy a tasting of their best cheese. These were two experiences I wouldn't trade for anything else.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I was sick a couple of times, and when I went to the doctor they were able to address the issues. I did not have to pay for any of the services I received, no co-pay or anything out of pocket (except for medicines)

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? I probably spent on average $100-$150 a week on food and pleasure. Florence was a relatively expensive city, and I had a very tight budget.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you leave yourself plenty of money to travel around Europe, but also leave yourself enough money to enjoy your host city. Make sure to manage your money well!


Language acquisition improvement?

I never knew anything of Italian before I went abroad, I now have a pretty decent understanding of it.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take classes that you really think you will enjoy. Also be prepared to walk a lot!