I Want to Go Back to Perugia Past Review

By (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Saint Xavier University) for

Umbra Institute: Perugia - Direct Enrollment in Semester, Summer or Academic Year Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I feel that I am much more culturally aware after this experience. I am also more open to possibilities in everyday life. I learned to be flexible, to keep an open mind, and most importantly, to live every single day to the fullest.

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.

The class was extremely informational, but the expectations for a course taken while abroad were higher than expected.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The support services were easily accessible, and everyone involved was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location seemed safe and was also very close to the center of town. I brought my own sheets, but there were also some provided. There was a variety of cookware provided as well.

* Food:

I had a fantastic experience with the food. The advice given was accurate and appreciated.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved going on the trip to Tuscany with the program. The whole weekend was planned wonderfully. I enjoyed going on a trip that I did not have to plan.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I was impressed by the speech given by a police officer at the orientation. He provided very useful information. I did not need to use the healthcare system so I cannot comment on that. I felt like it was dangerous to be walking at night as a woman even if you were with a group of woman.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Course expectations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Travel as much as possible!