Italy is wonderful! Past Review

By (Utah Valley University) - abroad from 05/01/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

Utah Valley University: Traveling - Art History

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was more then worthwhile because I learned so much everyday that you have to write it down to remember everything about the culture the history.

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.

I started the program wanting to go somewhere different that I had never been before and let me tell you it was different, exciting, and lots of fun! I learned so much about the culture and art history. I would never tried this experience for anything. If I had the money I would go again in a heart beat! The teacher was very knowledgeable and knows how to have fun. The other students all worked together to get homework done and we had lots of fun hanging out. Italy study abroad was the best!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was good

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotel's were nice but not all the beds were comfortable.

* Food:

Food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

At first it's a shocker but overall everyone is nice!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

When I needed ice for pain everyone worked together to get me some

* Safety:

I felt safe, just stay with the group or at least two other people and you don't have to worry.

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)

it's easy to stay in budget when you set goals of how much to spend.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? depending on where we were I spent about between 50-100 a week. I spent that money on lunch or treats and I went shopping!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? to save money set goals like I'm only taking out so much money to spend this week no more then you need and trust me you'll save.


* 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

3 we had fun asking the teacher how to say things

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? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? just enjoy the language being spoken and go with the flow don't worry they will work with you

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The art history!
  • The different culture
  • Teacher and other students
* What could be improved?
  • Make sure to bring warm cloths you never know
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring more cloths then you think, doing laudry in the sink isn't as fun as it sounds.