BEST Experience!!! August 13, 2014

By (Santa Reparata International School of Art) - abroad from 06/01/2011 to 07/01/2014 with

Santa Reparata International School of Art: Fine Art, Design, Liberal Arts, Italian Language + Internships in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
There are so many things I learned about art, Italian culture, history, architecture, and the list could go on and on. It was defiantly worthwhile. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go and that I went through this program.

Review Photos

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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.

I learned a great deal about printmaking. It was an awesome experience to explore a new medium in art making while being immersed in the beautiful Italian culture.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved that my apartment was so close to the school, great restaurants and museums.

* Food:

WONDERFUL! I have been to other countries in Europe and Italy definitely has the best food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I tried to speak Spanish as I was told it is very close to Italian but it didn't work out all that well. I would recommend learning some commonly used words and phrases BEFORE you go.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe even when I was walking by myself during the day and evening. At night I was always with at least one other person and we never had any issues.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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)

If you eat out several times a week it can get a little expensive but if you are able to cook meals at home that can really help. I loved going to the grocery store and learning how to cook with real Italian ingredients and brands.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you have a back up account with money.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • The staff and faculty
  • The field trips
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • I can't think of anything
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have taken more photos!

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!