Study Abroad Perugia, Italy- Most Eye Opening, Beautiful Experience Of My Life 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 can't put it into words. It changed my life. All cheesyness aside.

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.

I absolutely loved every aspect of my abroad experience. I learned a good deal of Italian and my Ren Art class was amazing. I didn't like my psychology class (Human Development in Culture) because we learned more about educational methods than anything else. It was very boring.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths: Personnel was wonderful. The staff had unique personalities and a wonderful dynamic amongst themselves and the students. The professors were wonderful and gave us a work load that allowed us to have fun abroad, but also learn the material. Umbra provided so many opportunities for us to immerse ourselves within Perugia, and I felt like I was a part of the community. Weaknesses: none

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living arrangement was wonderful. They did a great job matching compatible personalities. My roommates and I had a great relationship!

* Food:

I made my own food/ ate a million pounds of pizza.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My Florence field trip with my Ren Art class was amazing. I was moved so much by the pieces we saw, and it was very well planned. Sitting on the steps in the city center was my favorite aspect of life in Perugia.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe at any point. We were addressed by an officer on our first night and were advised on what to do and not do. I felt very comfortable in my apartment and when on my walk to school.

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? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save money for trips rather than shopping.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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? Do it. Put yourself out there and soak up every ounce of life you can. You'll grow as a person and learn things about yourself that you couldn't learn any other way. Sounds corny, and I'm not sure I can put into words what I learned about myself, but I am way more confident in myself and love life!