Amazing October 11, 2019

By (Gustavus Adolphus College) - abroad from 01/15/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much, I learned how to be independent, embrace a new culture, make new friends. It was amazing, definitely worthwhile

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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.

My classes were very good and I was pushed academically but in a good way.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Lots of excursions, very nice that our program leaders were so open to us coming and talking to us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We had a very nice apartment in a great location. Everything was very updated and whenever we had a problem they came to fix it right away.

* Food:

Food was amazing, all the pasta, pizza, suppli, gelato, everything was awesome.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was hard to find my place in the culture because I did not know the language.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick once and went to the pharmacy and they were able to help.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe.

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

I loved it, I wish I could go back and do it all again

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)

I would say I spend about $25 on groceries a week, very doable, the only issue was how much money I spent on traveling.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips in advance, don't go out to eat all the time

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

They said we should but not many people knew the language.

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? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Take a class beforehand

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Location
  • Friends
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Communication before program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To learn the language

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.