La Dolce Vita! Past Review

By (Marketing., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)) - abroad from 02/01/2012 to 05/21/2012 with

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC): Milan - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I grew so much as a person. Just taking in a whole different culture changes the way someone thinks. Also the friends I made will last a lifetime and I can't wait to see them again very soon!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Was not on a meal plan. Mostly ate Kebabs the day after a long night.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

ESEG is the best. All study abroad students should be advised to only go with ESEG and not that other group.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The student health clinic was great at Cattolica!

* Safety:

Never once felt I was in danger.

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)

The Euro is high but I also had a lot of fun. In the 3 and a half months I was there I spent the $6,000 USD I had saved up.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $350 USD approximately
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stick to the clubs with International week discounts except for Le Banque that place is awful.


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? level 2 on rosetta stone
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? I always felt I practiced my italian the most when I had a couple drinks at the night club and met a cute girl.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • ESEG
  • Aperitivo
  • Milanese Culture
* What could be improved?
  • MilService
  • Permesso di Soggiorno Process
  • A new thursday Disco Le Banque is awful!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How hard it would be to leave.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.