Experienced city living, with Italian culture and lots and lots of food Past Review

By (Mechanical Engineering., University of Maine at Orono) - abroad from 06/20/2014 to 07/19/2014 with

SAI Study Abroad: Milan - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) Fashion & Design

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to solve problems independently in foreign countries and how to travel smarter and cheaper.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

* 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? No


* 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 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find the cheaper restaurants and only splurge on food occasionally


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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
  • Program Staff (specificially our group coordinator)
  • Dining out
* What could be improved?
  • More clear class descriptions
  • More class excursions
  • More advice on basics upon arrival (i.e. food store, bank, travel help)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spend your money on experiences, not items!

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!