Best two weeks studying abroad! September 18, 2020

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 02/17/2020 to 05/29/2020 with

SAI Study Abroad: Milan - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Although my semester got cut short to two weeks in Milan, I had a wonderful experience. I was able to meet and make friends with girls from all over the States as well as locals attending the University. I learned how to immerse myself into the Italian culture by speaking Italian with locals!

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SAI Study Abroad: Milan - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) Photo

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.

* 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? Yes

SAI and the onsite staff in Milan were very friendly, supportive, and welcoming people. They made arrival and orientation comfortable and supported us in all ways possible.


* 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? $90-$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I encourage cooking your meals in your apartment so you can spend/splurge when you're traveling to different cities and countries.


* 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? Beginner
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? Italian 105
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? I encourage students to take a language course so that you can communicate with locals. I used Duolingo to learn some basics.

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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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Program trips and events
  • Location of apartment
  • The friendships and relationships made
* What could be improved?
  • Offering internships during the Summer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You're going to buy so many things that you'll want to bring back to the States, so don't overpack on clothes that can be bought in Milan.

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.