The Viterbo Experience Past Review

By (International Affairs and Philosophy of Law, Ethics, and Politics, University of Nevada - Reno) - abroad from 05/19/2012 to 08/03/2012 with

USAC Italy: Viterbo - Intensive Italian Language, History, and the Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to be flexible, patient, and independent.

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.

I only took language classes, so for learning Italian, the classes were perfect!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were always willing to help no matter the time of day or situation.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived right inside the walls near one of the main entrances. My favorite cafe was about 10 feet from the bottom floor of my building and the school was about a 5 minute walk away

* Food:

The food tasted amazing and for Italy, it was fairly cheap.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to sign up for a language partner and volunteering at a local school, however because I went during the summer, it was hard to meet Italians my own age.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I would walk around at night and feel completely safe.

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)

But only because Italy gave me a bit of a shopping addiction.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Get a language partner and be involved!

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The landscape/sites
  • The language
  • The staff
* What could be improved?
  • NA
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? NA