I Need to Come Back Past Review

By (Anonymous University) - abroad from 05/18/2016 to 06/17/2016 with

SRISA: Summer and Short-Term Sessions in Florence

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
That I love art and Italy as much as I thought I would.

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.

* 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

SRISA was great. Italy is fantastic. My home instructor was horrible and practically ruined parts of the trip. But I would love to come back and experience Italy again firsthand, through the Italian schools or simply on my own.


* 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? ~150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy only what you need and look for the best deals. Sometimes convienence of location gets you in trouble with price.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?
  • Living experience
  • SRISA classes
  • Drawing and painting on location
* What could be improved?
  • Initial directions (literally)
  • Shopping experience
  • Instructor attitide (ours)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That our instructor would be so disorganized and unreliable. I would have taken planning into my own hands instead.

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!