I felt like I became the protagonist of Under the Tuscan Sun March 29, 2019

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/27/2018 to 11/18/2019 with

University of Georgia: Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learning about food, wine, painting in the landscape. Unmatched art history experience. Learning cultural differences.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

No oven, breakfast did not have a lot of options

* 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? Yes

I loved the small town experience, getting to know the Italians living in the town. I felt part of the community, but loved having easy access to big cities like Florence.

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Small town
  • Traveling around Italy
  • Jen Griffith
* What could be improved?
  • More free travel time
  • More options for breakfast/oven in the kitchen
  • Better wifi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Italian

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!