Tips and Tricks to Survive in Italy

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

When you’re preparing to study abroad or move to another country, you’ll find a million tips, tricks, and bits of advice online. While it’s inspiring to hear different variations of “live your life to the fullest” or “act like a local,” sometimes all you want are the miscellaneous tidbits that will just make your life abroad a little easier. After spending eight months in Florence, here is a list of random things I wish I’d know before moving to Italy.

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Florence: A Home Away From Home

By Kaylee Holt, MA 2015-16

When you are a student in Florence it can be easy to treat your time here as a vacation. Whether you are here for a month, four months, a year, or four years, life abroad can be difficult. Once you pass the honeymoon phase it is easy to start feeling homesick or worn out from traveling every weekend. Study abroad is not just a vacation so my advice to current and future students is don’t treat your time abroad that way.

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The Geography of Friuli Venezia Giulia

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

The next region in our tour of the geography of Italy is Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is the easternmost region of northern Italy and borders Slovenia to the east and Austria to the north. It is composed of a small part of the historical region of Venezia Giulia and the historical-geographical region of Friuli. Famous for its winter sports and white wine, Friuli Venezia Giulia is a popular and beautiful tourist destination.

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Eating Non-Italian Food in Italy

By Samantha Hesler, FFE 2015-16

Pizza, pasta, and gelato, oh my! Upon arriving in Italy students will be able to experience world class Italian cuisine. Pasta pomodoro, pizza Margherita, risotto, tortellini, and endless flavors of gelato become the staples of a student’s diet. Fresh tomatoes and basil cover practically everything and it is all delicious. However, as with any cuisine, there comes a point in our lives when we get sick of it. The hankerings for Mexican food, french fries, and milkshakes become very real, especially during exam week.  Below is a list of recommendations to satisfy every type of craving.

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“Come si dice…?”: Italian Language Learning Tips

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

One of the most exciting aspects of studying abroad in a different country is the opportunity to learn a new language. As someone who knows Italian very well, I am often asked how I became fluent and how long it took to be where I am. I took my first Italian class in the spring of 2013 and followed with a summer intersession course. By the fall of 2013, I was taking Intermediate Italian. Then, during Spring 2014, I decided to study abroad in Arezzo for a semester where I continued studying the language. For my final semesters in undergrad in 2015, I continued to take courses, ending up with a degree in the language from my university. Now, in 2016, I still continue learning the language every single day!

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