My trip to Italy was lifechanging and I wouldn't of changed anything. Past Review

By (Elementary Education, University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 06/02/2013 to 06/27/2013 with

University of Northern Iowa: Capstone in Southern Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was totally worthwhile. I gained so much insight on how much cultures have changes through the years. The beauty of all the buildings in Rome took my breath away. Learning all there is to know about those buildings and then seeing them still standing today is amazing. It is a whole other world.

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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.

I felt that I learned so much information about various places we went to and my professor answered any questions I asked him.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My program assitant was wonderful. She was very organized and helped us all speak in Italian if needed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved all the places we stayed except for the last place. Our place in Salemi was pretty gross, but it made everything seem more real.

* Food:

I tried so many different foods on this trip and loved it all.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health care issues.

* Safety:

I always felt safe during the day because we were with a big group. It was at nights a few times when I would get scared in Rome and Salemi. My advice would be to always have a buddy.

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


* 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)

I spent more money than I was expecting on this trip. It really helped when we didn't have to pay for our meals towards the end of the trip. I would tell people to bring more than expected though.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would reccomend to buy groceries and make lunches yourself so you don't have to pay to eat out. I did this a few times, but I had many opportunities to do it again and did not.


* 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

I was very encouraged to use the language although I didn't know much so it was hard to learn it in just a few weeks.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? Spanish III-High School
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? I would reccommend taking a short term Italian language course. I would of loved to be able to talk to the locals more and feel like I am in their culture for a month.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Islands (med. sea)
  • Making new friends.
  • Learning the background behind the beautiful buildings in Rome (Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, Spanish Steps)
* What could be improved?
  • shorten the length in Salemi
  • extend either Rome or Lipari
  • give people an oppourtunity to go to Florance for a day while staying in Rome (take bus)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know now that the more southern you go the less english they speak. Knowing a little more Italian would of benefited me majorly.

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.