Great First Experience Abroad Past Review

By (Xavier University) - abroad from 03/10/2017 to 03/19/2017 with

Xavier University: Slow Food: We are What we Eat, Hosted by CEPA

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much! A greater understanding of culture and cultural differences between Italy and America. Appreciation of food and food systems. Beautiful scenery.

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?

Hotels were not the best

* Food:

Everything was perfect except one restaurant

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

When I did not feel integrated, it was not the program's fault- people in my group were being tourist-y

* 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? Yes

Great. I would love less travel and more exploration in a few places.


* 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)

Expensive, but worth it because I brought back gifts for family and friends.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring a water bottle so you don't have to pay for water at restaurants.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Tour Guide
  • Place I visited
* What could be improved?
  • Bus rides/amt of transport
  • Hotels
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring motion-sickness medicine.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!