Tourism Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 05/15/2016 to 05/29/2016 with

University of Northern Iowa: Service Operations Management in Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I can only eat so much pasta before being sick of it. Americans loves their meat too much. People are nicer when they think you have money to spend.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Serena was lovely and cared for our needs

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I can only take so much of pasta. But the meals that were included in the package was excellent.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was very similar to the culture of America. I didn't feel out of place.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Not applicable.

* Safety:

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

The course was educational but he excursions were what made the program worthwhile.


* 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? 300+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook at the apartment as much as possible


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • Excursions
  • Included Meals
  • Nice to get away
* What could be improved?
  • More culture stuff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To budget more money for gift; to buy things only found in Italy.

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!