My home away from home 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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. The list of what I gained is infinite, but to list a few things, I gained a new perspective on the world and life, I learned how to be more independent, more outgoing, and I learned so much from my academic courses and studio courses.

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


* 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? Roughly $50 a week on food, maybe $10-$30 on personal expenses
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't try to eat out all the time right away! Learn as you go of the best places around and then splurge before you leave!


* 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? beginner 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? It's not necessary to learn Italian, most of the people in Florence can speak English except for the elderly. But they do appreciate when you try to speak Italian to them

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • I loved the field trip the ceramics class takes to Certaldo, it was a unique experience
  • The juried student exhibition was a nice asset along with the other course shows throughout the semester
* What could be improved?
  • The ceramics studio was a bit snug
  • Maybe allow for a few more days after program begins/ends to relax
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have learned a little more Italian before going abroad, but it wasn't a necessity

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.