Study Abroad: The Great Umbra Adventure Past Review

By (Connecticut College) - abroad from 08/24/2018 to 12/15/2018 with

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 learned more Italian and I think it helped me also become more independent.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

No on-site cafeteria.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt well integrated especially through getting the opportunity to live with an Italian family and through the activities offered by the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

They were made accessible, but I did not need to use them.

* Safety:

Good safety tutorial provided during orientation by local police officer. I never felt unsafe walking home, but did feel I at least needed to be aware of my surroundings, like any city.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30-$50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pack your lunch and don't buy lunch out every day. Make dinner as well.


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Italian at 200 level (2 years)
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? Staying with a host family was a really great way to learn the language. I also made sure to try to use it with my professors and the other staff members at the university and around town. I also watched TV and films in Italian.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Small classes
  • community outreach opportunities
  • helpful and kind staff members
* What could be improved?
  • more classes offered only in italian
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How far away my host home was from the school.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Italian 310

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Francesco Gardeghi
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: Professor was always well prepared. I progressed a lot in the language and felt he did a good job of teaching us about the region through short class field trips in Perugia.
Credit Transfer Issues: No