CEA in Rome: Small but Mighty Past Review

By (Teacher Education by Subjects, Providence College) - abroad from 01/12/2016 to 04/29/2016 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about religion and ethics (my 2 favorite courses here). I also learned a lot about the meaning of friendship, how to maintain long distance relationships, how to be independent, to persevere when difficult situations arise, and to stay positive!

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.

Classes were really hard, but not too hard! It was a perfect balance of rigorous and realistic.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration here is immensely helpful! Any problem or advice I had they were always there to help, literally. There is a 24/7 phone number that an administrator (one or three that you see everyday and know personally) will always be ready to answer.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I live better here than I do at home! Any problems we had were immediately fixed. From getting a new washing machine to unclogging the drain, everything was taken care of. We even had a cleaning lady.

* Food:

CEA doesn't provide a meal plan, but any time they did provide means (first and last night, weekend trips) it was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

They have volunteer opportunities, cooking classes, and clay making classes. I think there could be more though!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick, and was immediately given a same-day appointment with a specialist that spoke sufficient english. My administrator served as a middle man to translate when necessary. When my roommate got really sick a doctor showed up at our apartment in the middle of the night! So helpful.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in this city.

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

This program was supportive, catered to all my needs, I felt safe and I learned more than I ever expected!

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)

Rome is not an expensive city, its very easy to stick to a budget here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40/week maximum
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget!

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? 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? High school Spanish IV
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? Keep trying! Don't give up! Use the language outside of school.

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
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?
  • Academics
  • Travel Opportunities
  • Social Events
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Access to a Library
  • Access to a Cheaper Gym
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I didn't travel as much as I did. I would have liked to spend more weekends in Rome.