Once in a Lifetime Experience April 15, 2014

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., University of Arizona) - abroad from 01/06/2014 to 04/25/2014 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile, I enjoyed every minute of my abroad experience. You amaze yourself that you're able to live on your own in a foreign country without knowing the native language for months.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Was a bit difficult but nothing you can't handle.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was extremely helpful with any needs that you may need.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Tough with the thin walls, neighbors weren't happy.

* Food:

Best food you'll have and you get to have it on a daily basis.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

At first it took some getting used to but now I feel like a native here.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Relatively easy to meet with a health care provider. Although difficult to describe symptoms to the doctor.

* Safety:

I felt extremely safe here. Be smart.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get food from the grocery store. Don't always eat out.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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
  • International Students
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?
  • Traveling
  • Classes
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Provided activities
  • Place where classes are held
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Italian would be helpful but not necessary.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.