Beautiful Firenze Past Review

By (Art Therapy, Marywood University) - abroad from 01/12/2015 to 04/27/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot more knowledge in certain art fields and I also learned more about myself. My perspective of the world and life has also been broadened from my experience abroad.

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

* 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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? €60 on food each week (cooked in apartment) and about €20-30 extra
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out all the time when you first arrive! Utilize your kitchen and find places to eat out once in awhile and then even go all out at the end of your tay to fill up on the yummy food before you have to leave

Language

* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Spanish
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? Ask teachers for assistance, they will gladly help

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The teachers I had were incredibly responsive and positive
  • The trips offered on the weekends were nice
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe have the studios available longer rather than closing at 10pm
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had learned a little more Italian before I came to Italy, but i was completely fine with the minimal Italian I knew

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.