Italians, Yankees and a Southern Girl Past Review


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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very knowledgable and loved their job and helping the students

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

very safe, very central to everything we needed

* Food:

it was Italy, of course the food was wonderful!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

i felt very safe. We were well-informed on what the dangers were and how to handle them.

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? around 50-70 euro, unless i took a trip, that cost around 100-300 euro, depending on how far I traveled
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? if living in an appartment, you will need to buy many things for your everyday life there. Ex: possibly bedding, cleaning supplies


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Italian 110
Language acquisition improvement?

most people did not speak any english, so I was lucky in that I had to learn the language quickly.

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?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? if you want to really get to learn and be a part of real Italian culture and life, Perugia is the place to go.