An Italian Adventure - Lasting Memories for Life Past Review


Syracuse University: Florence - Syracuse University in Florence, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. Greater appreciation of the United States and also appreciation for Italy.

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.

Grading system was fair. Teaching was wonderful - the Italian professor for the intro class was outstanding.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strength included knowledge about host country. Possibly the negative was the program size - too big.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Treated like a family member by my host family - excellent treatment.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Special field trips with Italian classes were wonderful - arranged by Loredana Tarini, my Italian professor.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Be careful at night - only overall safety issue.

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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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just know that Florence is a particularly challenging city if you do not want to drink or go out every night. There's not a lot of alternative options in terms of nightlife.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Italian 101

Course Department: Italian Department
Instructor: Loredana Tarini
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: Teacher was outstanding - deserves an award if possible. Consistently challenging us, motivating us, and inspiring us to keep learning more about the Italian language and also the Italian culture.
Credit Transfer Issues: No credit transfer issues just yet.