Studying abroad fills your body and mind with emotions you never knew you had. May 02, 2023

By (Social Work and Criminal Justice, Bridgewater State University) - abroad from 01/14/2023 to 05/06/2023 with

Academic Studies Abroad: Study Abroad in Sorrento, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained independence and life skills I would not have learned at home. I learned how it feels to be apart of another culture and appreciate living outside the only place I have ever known.

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.

Alaina was very helpful during the process (this rating is not because of her, but the program as a whole) Some examples would be how our apartment was arranged. We were told we were getting 4 twin beds (2 bedrooms) but in reality, we got 2 queens and 1 cot. Other programs, like CIS, get tranfers and activities included. ASA advertises they have 3 excursions throughout the semester which is not at all accurate. ASA did not have any excursions or activities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I dont think housing was delt with fairly. The only thing I wasn't expecting was the way our rooms are set up. We were told we were getting 2 twin beds in each room, but there is a queen bed in each room with one room having a cot for the third person. One of my roommates insisted on taking the "single" after she arrived, so I went to the double to avoid a problem. Me and my other roommate are switching halfway through so neither of us are stuck on the cot all semester, while our other roommate stays in the "single". The "single" has a queen bed, access to balcony, large amounts of closet and counter space, and its own bathroom. Me and my roommate share a closet and share one dresser. If there were twins in each room, the 2 people could have that nice room with space to put our stuff and a bathroom and the person getting their own room would have the other one. I think it should be been handled differently or set up the way were told it was going to be.

* Food:

food was very affordable and easy to get groceries

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would choose CIS because I saw how the program works while bing here compared to ASA.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? depends of if you are traveling that week but around 300-400 because of weekend trips
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set a 2 week allowance for yourself based on how much money you start with at the beginning of the semester.


* 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

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? only Spanish 5 (never had taken italian)
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Always order your food/drinks at restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. in the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • meeting new people
  • independant travel
  • living in an apartment
* What could be improved?
  • organization
  • better/more honest advertsing
  • things offered for students as part of the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Even though you will be traveling and having fun, you are still attending school. Typical drama between students/roommates and peer pressure happens more than you think.