CEA in Rome Past Review

By (Business Management, Providence College) - abroad from 01/12/2016 to 04/30/2016 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a better sense of cultural awareness of how Romans and Italians live but also of how other European cultures live through my travels during the semester.

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:

There was no meal plan but CEA did take us out for meals a couple times.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to go to the doctors once and CEA set up my appointment, got me transportation to the doctors office, and had a doctor who spoke english help take care of me.

* 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)

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • CEA staff
  • Central location of Rome
  • Other study abroad students
* What could be improved?
  • Some CEA activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You should really try to immerse yourself in the culture around you. You do not want to just speak English and go to English speaking places. Try to get out of your comfort zone and speak a little Italian to the waiters in restaurants or at panini/gelato places. They will appreciate that you are trying your best.