Some Organizational Issues but Overall a Great Program Full of Great People Past Review

By (Anthropology, The College of Wooster) for

Siena School for Liberal Arts: Siena - Semester & Summer Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely! I have made some really great friends through the program that I hope to stay in contact with for a very long time.

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.

We were in class a lot more that I am at my university in the US which got frustrating at times. However, we had little homework. Book art was amazing, but some of the other classes need to be reworked a bit.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They are really great people, but some situations were not handled the best and they were a bit disorganized. They did plan a couple of fun day trips though.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family, it was a great experience to get to live with them.

* Food:

Of course the food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

They planned some fun day trips to a vineyard, another hill town, and a soccer game, but they also mentioned day trips we were going to go on but they never happened.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe in Siena.

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
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

The host family was what really helped my Italian. I did not know any going into the program and the Italian language class was helpful but the host family really forced me to use my Italian which was good.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people (other students, host family)
* What could be improved?
  • Following through with ideas and projects, less time in class.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spend time with your host family, travel to other parts of the country but don't try to do too much that it becomes stressful. Eat as much of the food as you can!