Life Changing! Past Review

By (Apparel and Textiles, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 01/11/2015 to 05/08/2015 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 was so nervous to go abroad but it was the best deicision I ever made. I can honestly say, living in another country changes the way you see the world. It sounds cheesy but its true! I learned to respect people for their differences and take advantage of all the opportunities that come my way! When you rely on the tools and people you have in front of you, you grow and mature in ways unimaginable.

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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.

The professors were incredible! They made sure we were actively engaged in the fashion industry! The class was based on projects rather than tests, like creating our own fashion photo shoot with models and a professional photographer!

* 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?

The pharmacies are able to prescribe medications unlike here in the states! If you have any health problems I would go here first before going to a doctor!

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in Milan. Travel with someone if you are going out at night, but that is no different in every country!

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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries from the local store and stop by farmers markets to get inexpensive produce!


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 4; No Italian
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* 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?
  • My advisor Claudia!
  • Wine Tasting
  • Incredible professors and classes
* What could be improved?
  • More group activities in Milan
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? No matter how hard you try, Italians will know you are an exchange student! Accept it and Enjoy!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Styling 1

Course Department: Styling
Instructor: Alessia Covri
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was such an amazing class! If you are interested in styling, take this course! Alessia gives you hands on projects like creating your own photo shoots with a professional photographer. It was so cool to see your ideas come to life in a professional way. You can use your ending photos for your portfolio to show to future employers as well!
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