The Time of My Life Past Review

By (St. Norbert College) - abroad from 01/08/2018 to 05/05/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained confidence in myself and I learned so much about the world outside of the US. This experience was EXTREMELY worthwhile! I miss it every single day.

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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.

JCU was very different from SNC. The academia was not challenging and the professors catered to Italian students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Absolutely incredible and SO very helpful! I went into the SAI office every single day.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was not much to the apartment at all; however, it was livable and newer which was nice.

* Food:

Bought my own, so how could I not give Italy five stars on food?!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt pretty integrated which was wonderful; however, I wish SAI did something for us to get to know Italians at JCU more.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just use the buddy system and be smart!

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

Absolutely! SAI was the best program I could have ever asked to be with. They were so helpful and encouraging. They did not baby us, but there were there for support whenever we needed it!


* 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)

It was tough! I just wanted to eat and buy everything!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? -Create a spreadsheet of your spendings as you go and keep up with it!


* 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

Never forced, but encouraged.

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
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? Duolingo!

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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • SAI program coordinators
  • SAI excursions
  • SAI support
* What could be improved?
  • Interaction with Italian students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Essential items to bring along, how to plan for weekend excursions, Italian etiquette, how to travel in a foreign country, the list goes on and on!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'