A Chaotic and Wonderful Five Weeks Past Review

By (Film, Video, Photographic Arts, University of Nevada - Reno) - abroad from 05/29/2015 to 06/27/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be self-sufficient. I am more confident when I am alone and traveling doesn't seem so crazy anymore. Italy was a crazy country that gave me new insights on people and life. I try to slow down as often as I can to catch up with friends and reflect on life. This trip was life changing.

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:

I have Celiac disease and Italy was the perfect place for someone with my condition to find all sorts of gluten free foods.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

At night travel in groups, everyone is harmless but situations are bound to arise especially if you are a woman.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? $80-100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook as much as you can in the apartment, also pot-luck type dinners are awesome for saving money.


* 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? Second Semester of Spanish
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 try to go out and talk to those your age while out on the town. It makes things easier and a lot of the time they know just as much English as you do Italian, so you can help each other out.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Making such amazing friends
  • Learning about a different culture
  • Doing new things that I wouldn't have done otherwise
* What could be improved?
  • Encouraging more local friendships
  • Flight info
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i understood the culture more and the language but overall it just added to my experience there. I went in with zero expectations.

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.