Life changing January 05, 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?
Cheesy but true -it expanded my horizons Nice to unplug and create art that was directly influenced by my surroundings Learned to go with the flow Unique experience living in a small town, the group felt like a big family The program was prepared and the amount of planning put into everything made the experience that much greater for us

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.

UGA provided fantastic resources to help every student Courses were challenging but well adapted to the cultural surroundings and program constraints

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very transparent and helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beautiful, clean, safe Cannot be perfect due to regional challenges- difficulty with internet connection, power outages, fire alarm mysteriously going off 6 people sharing a bathroom not ideal

* Food:

Provided breakfast ok Shopped for own lunch- sharing a kitchen with so many people was challenging Eating out -food was fantastic! Included dinners at Toninos -very nice

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Small town very friendly and welcoming, most everyone spoke English Italian language course not offered but "Coffee and Conversation with Enza" was a wonderful option

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Provided Counseling was superb Medical issues difficulty only with the country's limits staff and faculty was very helpful

* Safety:

Felt very safe Socializing Safely meeting was very important - just use common sense!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Felt like I had a unique study abroad experience We had amazing opportunities provided for us to explore-especially the weekend excursions

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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan to spend extra on gifts or personal shopping If you can wait buy something cheaper in a better location Do research before you leave- as there wont be much time or internet to do so Contact your bank beforehand that you will be traveling Get smaller change whenever possible!- Not everywhere accepts credit cards and it is helpful when buying something cheap or splitting a tab with others

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Emphasis on the arts
  • Well cared for- didn't feel like we were just flapping in the breeze
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • Communication beforehand
  • More free time to travel
  • Internet access
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You'll never feel fully prepared beforehand but that's okay- just go with the flow Absorb everything and everyone's experience is unique You don't have to be doing what everyone else is doing or follow preconceived notions to enjoy yourself