independence Past Review

By (PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES., University of Rochester) for

Universita degli Studi di Firenze: Florence - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
not to trust people (my roommate stole valuable things from me and lied to me twice as frequently) to be more appreciative of the things i have and what i am. to remember the importance of passion

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?

I lived with 3 other girls on one of the main streets of the city, so i always felt safe. It can get loud during the nights. FLorence is a small city, and living in the center, we were near classes and bars/clubs/restaurants. All house items were provided (sheets, cookware). We had to buy a few light bulbs and bought toilet paper and paper towels as needed. There were 4 of us total, coupled into double rooms. My direct roommate placed a heavy damper on my experience as she was a compulsive stealer and liar. She stole a huge sum of money as well as my ear phones and camera during the stay. I tried moving out, but there were no available rooms in other housing complexes.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? at least 50 Euros on food, and at least 30 euros on nightlife
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? best way to save money is to cook; eat at home.


* 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? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

with classmates and friends and roommates. Yes, I did need to use the host language at restaurants and cafes in smaller cities in the country, but in Florences, I got by with mostly English.

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? students who are into art, fashion, design, architecture, humanities subjects, such as religion, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, etc.