An amazing experience that I will never forget. Past Review

By (Fine and Studio Arts., Trinity University) - abroad from 09/08/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

Studio Arts College International (SACI): Florence - SACI in Florence, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
To be more outgoing and to cook. Definitely worth while.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The people working at SACI were amazing and very helpful.

* 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?

I became sick and went to SACI. They directed me to a doctor and I got medication for my flu. I recovered quickly through the medicine.

* Safety:

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)

About 100 a week depending on if I went shopping for things other than food. Groceries were pretty cheap if you bought the right things.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Wait to buy things. Make sure you really want it before buying it. Also don't let a vender talk you into buying something that you are not 100% in love with. You'll save money and use that money to buy things you really want.


* 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

I did not take the Italian class offered but I learned the basics.

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Level 3 advanced Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Take a class and practice everyday

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?
  • Walking everywhere
  • the culture
  • the food
* What could be improved?
  • nothjng
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring a small cabin sized suitcase for all the small cheap flights I took while traveling.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.