Incredible Past Review

By (Arcadia University) - abroad from 01/23/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

Arcadia: Rome - Arcadia in Rome

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much from my time abroad, a new language, and gained a complete understanding of a new culture.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The only reason I took off half a point is because we had limited kitchen tools, for example, we had no lids for any of our pots or pans, no potholders etc. And towards the end of the program we did not see the cleaning lady for over a month and a half.

* Food:

* 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? Yes

It was a great program, the courses were challenging and encouraged independent thinking, the Arcadia staff was very welcoming, and I made many friends both Americans and locals.


* 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? about thirty five euros per week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to make meals that use the same ingredients, to buy less. I would also recommend cooking in bulk or cooking with friends.


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? one semester of 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? Use it as much as you can, and make friends with the locals. Try to speak in both English and Italian whenever possible.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The Food Culture
  • The courses
  • The staff
* What could be improved?
  • More info on tests/grading
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more Italian, and how certain things work there.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'