Surprised how much I miss it January 26, 2021

By (Marywood University) - abroad from 09/01/2019 to 12/23/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained experience in city life and public transit

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.

Quite rigorous art program they have high standards while also having a ton of fun together.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There was always someone at the school for help getting around the city or planning trips.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in a residential apartment which was a great immersive experience

* Food:

They don’t have on campus food but you get to go out and eat local or cook for yourself

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We are in the middle of everything in Florence. Most classes made sure to go out and explore the beauty.

* 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

Great art program with extremely great setup for a foreign country trip


* 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? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You don’t need to buy everything that catches your eye at the markets, Florence can be a tourist trap.


* 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

They gave us a good basis for conversational and restaurant 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? None
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? Always initiate a conversation in the native tongue, even if you know they speak english

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Field trips
  • Classes
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Focus more on native Language
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Florence is a tourist trap, but you can still have a great localized experience

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.