Best Experience of My Life May 28, 2018

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 05/14/2018 to 05/24/2018 with

University of Northern Iowa: Service Operations Management in Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself as a person and how I interact with others who are different than me. Also, what I feel strongly about and what topics interest me. I also learned that you just have to put yourself in the other persons shoes sometimes to see where they are coming from.

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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.

Was very beneficial to actual go to businesses and see the concepts first hand, instead of only hearing about them or learning about them in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great staff there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

New dorms were great and roomy.

* Food:

Lots of great places to eat nearby and the welcome and closing dinner spots where awesome.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like the time spent there was enough to get accustomed to the culture and I felt like I was able to learn a lot about it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A to me personally.

* Safety:

Felt very safe in Sorrento.

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

It was such a great program in a great location. The mix of learning global skills, while also learning about service operations was so interesting and fun. Wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

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)

Spent a decent amount of money. Definitely wouldn't be for someone who struggles with having enough money.

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? Definitely take out a loan for tuition or get scholarships, but save for other program expenses.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hotel
* 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?
  • Making close friends
  • Seeing the beauty of Italy
  • Trying new foods
* What could be improved?
  • The free time allowed
  • Meeting other people from different schools
  • Learning the language there more
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the trip goes by so fast, that it's important to take as many pictures and videos as possible with people to be able to look back on the experience.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Management of Service Operations

Course Department: Management
Instructor: Dan Bumblauskas
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a beneficial class because we were able to actually go to the businesses and see the service operations first hand.
Credit Transfer Issues: