Gioia is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Linguistic Science at Universita Cattolica Sacro Cuore. We asked Gioia to share her story of studying abroad in Italy.
What is your name and age? Where are you from?
My name is Gioia Dufau, I am 20 years old and I am from France.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline you study? When did you start studying?
I am enrolled at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, I study a Bachelor’s in Linguistic Science, and I started the programme in October 2016.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
Because, I was already studying linguistic science in France, and initially that was also what I was doing in high school, so this was a continuation. But the level here is way higher.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
Finding an equivalent course was very hard, also finding an accommodation.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
The place is very, very beautiful, it is wonderful. I mean the building is so Italian. And then, I like the library, it is very good and resourceful. Activities organized are good as well, I have attended some of them, and I enjoyed them very much.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
I would make the course description clearer and make communication better between university and students.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
That is a hard question, I love artistic aspects, I really enjoy the architecture. Then, I really enjoy food, it is a very lively city, and you can find anything that your heart desires.
Name one thing you would have liked to be different about the city. Why?
The weather, it is not typically Italian, I expected it to be warmer. Waiting for summer patiently.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
The fact that courses start later than they are supposed to, and they finish before they are supposed to. Quite surprising to see that in Italy, or not. And maybe also that there is so much religious presence in Italy, compared to France. Very funny, also that there is a snapchat filter for our university, which is so cool.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)? Why?
9, the bad point is that I had some problems with my courses, because I ended up taking ones that were not suitable, and no one informed me about it. Other than that, I have had the time of my life here so far!
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
Take the good courses, and probably enjoy everything all over again!
What are your future plans after graduating?
I might do a Master’s, but I am still not sure. Otherwise, my plan is to find a job in a field that interests me, most likely aviation.
Share your favourite spot, at the university and in the city with us!
My favourite places at university are the squares and the benches. In the city, it is Navigli, because it is always lively in the evenings and full of young people.
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