My experience abroad was education, fun and adventurous! Past Review

By (Saint Mary's College of California) - abroad from 08/22/2016 to 12/10/2016 with

SAI Study Abroad: Rome - John Cabot University (JCU)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence. I learned how to do things on my own and feel much more confident while traveling.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment was in a great location and I had great roommates!

* Food:

Italian food is hands down, amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt integrated, but am grateful that a lot of people spoke English.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not encounter any health problems.

* Safety:

I felt very safe and was always notified if something was going wrong.

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

SAI was so supportive throughout the transition of living in different countries and put on great events throughout the semester.


* 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? $300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say to save as much money as possible before going abroad, or try and get a paid internship while abroad.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Their Engagement
  • Jordan and Bri
  • The weekend trips
* What could be improved?
  • engagement with JCU
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how close they were located and how easy the SAI leaders would be to reach and engage with.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Social Networking and Media Management

Course Department: Communications
Instructor: Daniele Pica
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: