Roman Holiday Past Review

By (History, Providence College) - abroad from 08/25/2015 to 12/04/2015 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My semester abroad has changed me forever in the best way possible. I am so grateful for the experiences CEA provided me and I think I have grown as an individual through my encounters and my new friends.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

* Food:

I feel odd rating the food because the program didn't really provide that for us. It was all on our own and out of our own pocket. Many of my friends at a had their home institution include that as a partial cost in tuition so that they could come over to their country with a food stipend. That would have been much more economical.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I highly suggest integrating the PC students with the LUISS program because we did not have a great interaction with other Italian students. We need to be forced more out of our bubble and into the actual student culture of Rome.

* 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? 50-70

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?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Courses
  • Administrative Support
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Cultural Immersion
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The percentage of PC students to other American students