Life Changing April 16, 2019

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 11/18/2018 with

University of Georgia: Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of life skills during the trip. i learned independence, how to do things on my own. I broke out of my comfort zone, and i taught me the beauty of travel.Very worthwhile.

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:

* 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

The experience i had was absolutely amazing, and i loved living in the area of tuscany. The locals were amazing. It was really special being in an area that was less toursity, because it gave us a chance to know who the locals are and make connections with them.

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 too much, everything was inexpensive. They also provided a lot of food for us during a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are cheaper restaurants in the area with the same quality of food, if not better. Find those places

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 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? None
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? Try to learn the language before going, itll make things easier and more comfortable. It's also helpful to know it, and the locals appreciate your efforts in trying

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?
  • Food
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • More time to travel on our own
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Learning the language before going would've been so helpful

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.