Returning Isn't an "If," It's a "Must"! Past Review

By (Biola University) - abroad from 01/13/2014 to 05/09/2014 with

SAI Study Abroad: Sorrento - Sant'Anna Institute (SA)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile! I gained an appreciation for the language and the culture, as well as

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.

While the classes were interesting and taught me more about the culture and language, they were not academically rigorous. However, this helped with travel plans, but I didn't feel challenged.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I chose to live in a host family, and I wouldn't have had nearly as great of an experience without them. They welcomed me warmly right from the beginning, and I now truly have a second home in Sorrento.

* Food:

I was spoiled by my host family, but really. Who doesn't love genuine Italian 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:

I absolutely felt safe in Sorrento. As a female, I was comfortable walking the streets at night. However, I would always recommend knowing how to get home if you will be out late.

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)


* 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

The staff and professors spoke English, which was helpful when I arrived. After a while I would have appreciated practicing my Italian at school.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
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? Be in a host family!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • My host family
  • Integration of language and culture
  • Accessibility to traveling
* What could be improved?
  • The school's facilities
  • The courses academic rigor
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had come with some previous knowledge of the language, but I still would go again without knowing the language. I also would learn how to travel well and lightly long-distancing, not bringing as much as you think you will need.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'