The Church in Medieval Tuscany.. Frescoes Galore Past Review

By (HISTORY., SUNY - College at Geneseo) for

SUNY Geneseo: Siena - Medieval and Renaissance Italian City States

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worthwhile and it reinforced my plans to study European history.

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.

Very, very large workload. The course description should be changed to "History & Art History of the Church in Medieval Tuscany" because the current course name and description is misleading. More time should be given to learning basic Italian.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Overall a good program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

No access to a cooking area, 1am curfew every night of the week, towels were not changed consistantly

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Difficult to get to know any locals, partially due to the intense regimentation of the program and the 1am curfew at the hotel. The instructor was very keen on the local culture however and incorporated it into lectures.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very safe city and a lecture on health & safety was given prior to our departure

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans