La Manca La'Italia!!!! September 25, 2014

By (Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) - abroad from 07/07/2013 to 08/10/2013 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?
I learned how to be on my own. how to interact in the world outside of my small hometown. it was worth everything.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I leraned more about life living in Florence for a month then i have at home in 22 years.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

they were all so nice and funny!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My aparatment was the best and i loved my roommates

* Food:

Do i even have to say it? It was the bomb!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

i took 2 years of italian and i am italian, so i was very familier and could speak it well with others.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

i had full healthcare but didnt need it

* Safety:

felt as save as i do every where else in the world

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)

i saved like i was gonna go homeless

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $2300 maybe
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? yes! take money out in cash!, dont use your card if you can. cause when you have cash your more likly not to waste it.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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 people i went with
  • the sight seeing
  • the way it made me feell
* What could be improved?
  • it should have been longer!!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how to save my money!!