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Arcadia Study Abroad Perugia
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Gregory Collins

Major: Italian/Global and International Studies
Minor: None
Hometown: Mahopac

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I spoke with several individuals at a study abroad fair and also with my academic adviser at the time.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I spent a period of four months studying Italian at the Perugian University for Foreigners, which meant intensely studying the language as well as the local and national culture. There were many instances of being able to travel throughout Italy to see what made each region unique from the others, and there were opportunities to experience the local culture during my time in the city. 

Studying abroad in Italy enhanced my understanding of many facets of Italian culture while helping to improve my established knowledge of the Italian language.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Studying abroad in Italy enhanced my understanding of many facets of Italian culture while helping to improve my established knowledge of the Italian language. Although the entirety of the experience wasn't so academically challenging, I was most definitely able to learn and experience things which would not have been possible back at Penn State.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goal is to become a foreign language interpreter/translator with a focus on Italian, and possibly a focus on Chinese as well. I believe that this experience abroad has only made my desire to attain this job stronger. I was able to experience something extremely similar to what I believe that job would entail in the future and I found it just as enjoyable and rewarding as I imagined.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, but I would say that you should be well aware of what the experience entails, because it is very different from the typical American university system. If you were aiming specifically to learn more about the Italian university experience, then this will be a great opportunity, but I would otherwise recommend studying at the Umbra Institute rather than the University for Foreigners.

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