Laura Bessellieu

When I first came across this program, little did I know that it would be an experience of a lifetime. I had no idea what was in store for me when I first arrived in Urbino. Coming to Urbino has forced me to go out of my comfort zone—and I could not be more grateful. Urbino has quickly become one of my favorite places and it was the perfect place for me to have my study abroad experience. I have multiple places that I am lucky enough to call home: Virginia, James Madison University, and now Urbino, Italy. This quiet but lively small town has been so good to me; Urbino forced me to immerse myself in the Italian culture and learn so many new things. I am leaving this place with a newfound love for Italy, amazing new friends, lots of funny stories, and an experience I would recommend time and time again. Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to my parents for letting me come to Italy and be involved with this amazing program! I can’t wait to come back to Italy someday!

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