Not one regret on taking this trip Past Review

By (Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 05/21/2019 to 06/06/2019 with

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Renaissance Art in Italy Up Close

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about different periods of art, saw tons of art, learned about the history of the Italy. I gained the experience of knowing I can be on my own and I will be fine. I gained new relationships and connections. The entire experience was one I pray I will never forget. Yes, this trip was worth whiled.

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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

Going in on this trip in the beginning I was not 100% sure because I have never traveled across the ocean let alone by myself across the ocean. But I am so glad I took the jump and went along. Everyone was so kind, we all had a great time, made some new friends and new experiences. Its a trip I have no regrets about taking and would be over joyed to be able to go again.


* 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)

It was easy to live and buy what I needed. I'd say the hardest was finding a good exchange rate to change US dollars into euros. So there were times I didn't have cash so I had to use was my debit card and not all places except card.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? at least $100 US
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you fine a very good exchange rate such as 1.12, exchange your money there. Don't wait to find another place you may not be able to find one.


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
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 used an app on my phone to get the basics down. My trip wasn't a trip to learn about the language just the art. But knowing how to comunnicate helped alot when you needed to order something or wanted to say thank you.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
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?
  • Food
  • Art
  • Travelinig
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Exchange rate (As in what is a good exchange rate is), how much to exchange and when it should be done.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.