A test of my open-mindedness and eagerness to learn. Past Review

By (Advertising & Public Relations, Loyola University Chicago) - abroad from 01/14/2015 to 05/01/2015 with

Loyola University Chicago: Rome - John Felice Rome Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I wish we were given more information before the program. The staff at JFRC are all incredibly helpful, especially the SLA staff. They are wonderful!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We are in a location that makes it very hard to actually integrate ourselves within the community. It is not easy to get into the city and we don't have many opportunities to meet other Italians.

* 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? No


* 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)

You can always eat at the dining hall so it was easier to save money in that way.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 20Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? -Traveling is more expensive than most people think. Tickets are expensive so make a list of where YOU want to go and make it happen.


* 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

We live with other Americans who speak English so it was incredibly difficult to meet other people and actually use our Italian.

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 101
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? Volunteer at an organization that serves people who speak Italian.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Ability to travel
  • Great professors
* What could be improved?
  • Location
  • Facilities, wifi in all areas
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Where our campus was actually located. It is advertised as being in the heart of Rome when in fact that is false.