good experience but homesick make me sad January 04, 2019

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 11/19/2018 with

University of Georgia: Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned different artistic skills, I learned important life lessons, and I learned that I can’t live without my family and friends for more than four weeks

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was great

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Really great

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

It’s italy how else would this be rated

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

School integrated us, life integrated us, I just had too much personal homesick to let myself integrate more

* 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? Yes

I liked it

Finances

* 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? Not much I kinda mooched off of other people’s food, by asking of course
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a plan with roommates abdout dinner so that you don’t have to pay for a whole meal for yourself

Language

* 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 else would we speak to the rural italians

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Latin four
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? Study before you go on the trip. Listen to the locals talk. Print out a sheet of common words used.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
  • Because I’m
  • Incompetent
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that asking for help is not a weakness