Unforgettable Past Review

By (University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 06/30/2018 to 08/04/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I learned how to live more on my own, how to interact with those who do not speak the same language as me, and how to appreciate another culture besides my own.

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.

Wonderful professors, interesting material

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Luisa and Francesca were wonderful in organizing and planning everything out so that we did not feel overwhelmed in a new place.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everything was walkable and accessible from my location, and my roommates were wonderful.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone was very nice, but I felt we often hang around with only USAC people .

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Personally, I did not have any health issues, but for those who did, it was addressed and taken care of right away.

* Safety:

In this small town, I always felt safe, and I could walk alone at night and have no worries.

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

I loved my program, but I would like to try something new in a different country.


* 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)

Overall, I spent more money than I thought I would have.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 75 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Check with your bank before you leave what fees there are for using your card/an ATM in a foreign country. Also, always have euros on you as smaller towns rely more on cash than credit.


* 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

They also encourages using/learning the native language, but they understood we were not native speakers and would try their best to work with us.

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? AP French in 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? Know the typical phrases/greetings before coming.

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?
  • Food
  • Small town atmosphere
  • People/friends that I made from the program
* What could be improved?
  • More free time to walk around on trips
  • Wi-Fi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure to bring at least one pair of pants (something that covers your knees) and something to cover your shoulders (scarf, jacket, short sleeve shirt).

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The Sociology of Food: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Dr. Amy Blackstone
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenged us to really think about the material and questions presented, easy to voice my opinions, accommodating to requests/obstacles, awesome field trips
Credit Transfer Issues: No