One for the books! Past Review

By (Marketing, Providence College) - abroad from 08/24/2015 to 12/05/2015 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained not only experiences in Italy, but experiences of several different cultures in Europe. Out of all the places I have been ,the best by far is Rome. This city can show you an amazing time, and is the best place for students to learn and grow. Highly recommend!!

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.

The professors also allowed for academic growth, while making the classes enjoyable and educational.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CEA Rome staff was incredibly helpful. They made sure every need was catered to, facilitated events that applied to our home culture, and made the adjustment period easier than I could have imagined.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

As spacious and beautiful as our apartment was, there tended to consistently be things we needed fixed. However, I was extremely satisfied with our living arrangements!

* 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

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? 150-175
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save more than you think you'll need, especially if you want to travel a lot. Conversion rates can make you lose money easily.

Language

* 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
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? Definitely look up some basics before you come.

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?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The City of Rome
  • The Staff and Professors
  • Taking theology courses here
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I would need to save more money. Also, I wish that I spent more time in Rome on the weekends rather than traveling. I do not regret traveling at all, but it would have been nice to have more experiences of weekend life in Rome.

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.