"The Perugia Experience" Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Presbyterian College) 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 am able to handle stressful situations better and feel so much more independent.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Helpful and qualified professors, realistic in their expectations would have been more helpful to balance the work out more evenly through out the semester

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was young, energetic, and helpful. I felt safe at all times. All my needs and wants were met.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Felt safe, perfect location to class and nightlife.

* Food:

limited really to Italian food only in the region

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

One planned trip by the institute-pricey but worth it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

safe, drug problem in region though- easily avoidable

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses and stick to your budget


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
Language acquisition improvement?

I could practice the language through several tandem opportunities the school provided. The locals required us to at least make an effort to speak the native language. Some people spoke English.

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

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • staff
* What could be improved?
  • nothing