Italy

Projects Abroad

I decided to volunteer with Projects Abroad for their new "Refugee Project" in Italy. This was a life changing experience. Every step of the way I felt comfortable and confident in my placement and the support of the program. I had the opportunity to work with newly arrived minor refugees to build relationships with them and help teach them basic business skills. During my stay we also had a boat of over 800 refugees arrive. Working along side the red cross and helping the new refugees feel confident we are there to help was life changing in every way possible. I highly recommend this project to anyone who wants to no longer sit and watch the refugee crisis from your TV and actually make an impact

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Concordia Volunteers

The program offered by Concordia Volunteers are amazing, I got the chance to discover an anarchic independent community in the periphery of Rome (an amazing city adding to that). The camp was based in the participation of all in the community activities, including cleaning and cooking. In addition we helped to organise a screen-printing and comics festival (which was the main goal of the camp at the beginning). I got to meet amazing and open-minded people, that welcomed our team in their fort for 2 weeks and learned very interesting story about the place and the people.The artists of the festival were amazing as well.
The fact that Concordia provides such opportunities is incredible, it pushes young people to open themselves to the world. This program taught me to be more independent, autonomous and understanding.
The only issue I had during those 2 weeks were the other volunteers on the team, most were amazing obviously and we had a lot of fun, including with the local people of the fort and the artists. However, some were just not motivated enough about the goal of the camp which was to discover an amazing community and help them set their festival up. I think Concordia should be more selective in the future.
Still, I would recommend this organisation to anyone willing to have an unique experience abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 31, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

Everyday when I wake up and take my walk to class I have to remind myself that I am not dreaming, this is real life, this is my semester at Sant'Anna. Everywhere you turn there is another breathtaking view, or life changing experience. Yet, it doesn't stop once you get to class. The facility and staff are the friendliest people I have ever met! They make it their personal goal to ensure that your time abroad is an experience as rich and amazing as the culture and landscape of Sorrento. I could go on forever about how rewarding this journey has been for me but you will not understand until you take your first stroll to class through the streets of Sorrento and further your education in the halls of the Sant'Anna Institute!

Apply now! http://santannainstitute.com/en/admissions.php

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Nov 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad

It is truly ashame to charge parents the ridiculous amount for this program. The lack of orientation is by far none. The welcoming staff barely speaks English and was never seen again for four months . Your staff at CEA in Italy gave no through orientation or bare guidance to students.Your professors rude and condescending to students. When coming from a accredited University in the US to this program, one fines it lacks the respect between professor and student. As a parent paying 17k for this program , your level of staff should be professional and up to standard.

Your housing for students and housekeeping is bare minimum , leaving students to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Example : a rodent problem or an electric problem, no guidance or staff member is available to students. God Forbid, if there is a true emergency!!
The housekeeping staff showed up for 8 minutes and left. No issue for young adults to clean up after themselves but not acceptable when advised no major cleaning is needed and that it is taken care of. Instead at check out parents and students are left to major clean the housing themselves so it is left in acceptable standard or even better.
Items promised were never in the apartment., printer none, a poor internet connection for the number of students in the apartment .

If your college student is accustomed to professional level of education , please do not sign them up for this program. It is costly and not run professionally!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

SPI Study Abroad

My daughter, Madison, had an amazing time with SPI in Siena. She hadn't done much international travel beforehand (just to Mexico), and so was pretty nervous before departing. However, she ended up having such an empowering experience. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about SPI and the Siena program.

Her host mother was an elderly woman with no children, whom she became very close with. This was, I think, one of her favorite parts of the program and is really what made the experience so rich and culturally-satisfying.

The level of supervision was perfect. It was exactly what I had envisioned when I was doing my research of programs. SPI staff is always available and are with the students for a healthy portion of the day, but allow the students a bit of free time as well. This was great because it basically allowed Madison to have some independence in a controlled environment. I didn't want her hand to be held constantly, but I didn't want her to have every afternoon free, as I know some programs do.

As far as classes go, they seemed to be very stimulating. The students spent some time on grammar and really focused on discussion and learning about the culture. Madison struggled a bit at the beginning with feeling overwhelmed by the language, but it is amazing how fast the students acclimate - after just a couple days, she felt much more comfortable, and by the end of the program could hold conversations with locals, etc. (she was a beginner before the program!).

I really can't recommend SPI enough. The immersion and program structure is top-notch, and the staff is wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable. I wish I could send her back this summer!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

CAPA International Education

Everything about this program screams that it's a racket and a scam. Their "school" is located in a blind alley that is littered with broken bottles and dog feces, with no signage whatsoever. The CAPA "Institution" is located in an apartment complex, which I'm pretty sure is not standard for schools in Italy, and I'm positive that this isn't standard for schools in America. Most of the professors are barely capable of speaking English—despite all of the classes being taught in it. It's very hard to understand most of them. They have a lot of rip-off hacks (they're paying these losers with YOUR money) giving mandatory lectures that have nothing at all to do with the classes, ironically called "MyEducation", although CAPA should call it "OurScam" because that is all there is to it. These "events" take place outside of class time and sometimes require a lot of effort to get there, only to hear someone's grandpa ramble on about whatever he wants for 2.5 hours. Word on the street is that they used to spend everyone's money on these ridiculous speakers and not one would show up, and instead of realize there is no interest because the idea is garbage, they just kept up the same garbage but made it required. It's embarrassing and disgusting. These people are in business and business only, with little to no value to education part of the program. From an intellectual standpoint, they don't use books, but they steal other people's work and post the poorly scanned documents on Google Drive. One of the most fundamental rules of academia is to not steal, and the entire staff at CAPA are thieves of others' intellectual property. It's impossible to express how little this resembles a legitimate endeavor. But I guess since they take your money in American and you don't know you're robbed until you're abroad, it's really easy to get away with it.

If you're thinking of studying abroad, by all means do it. If you're thinking CAPA... just don't. Other than the location, they literally have nothing to offer.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 4, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

My experience with the Sant’ Anna Sorrento Lingue program has been amazing so far. Everything seems to be so organized at the school and I really feel supported here. The staff is wonderful they always seem ready to help and I have never felt hesitant to call them or speak to them about anything. They also keep us all very informed about everything we need to do. I am so happy I chose this program I feel that it was a perfect fit for me and I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to study abroad.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Feb 11, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

St. John International University

Awesome school with great leadership under the new president Dr. Meadors. Bright future!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Feb 9, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

Studying at Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento was a fun, educational experience. The SASL staff works hard to prepare a well-run program. Accommodations, excursions, courses, and internship opportunities are just some of the many things the SASL staff prepares.

Sorrento is a very welcoming community. Some local businesses even offer discounts to students. The local scenery is amazing and it is fairly easy to get around.

Classes were very interactive. Internships are very hands on. They prepare you with many skills that will assist you post-graduation.

Studying at Sant'Anna Institute is an opportunity that many should seek.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Feb 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

SAI - Study Abroad Italy

Studying in Sorrento has been a remarkable experience. Logistically, the staff of Study Abroad Italy made preparing for this trip seamless and worry-free. I felt comfortable calling SAI in California with any questions, big or small, and the staff was always very personable. Even my dad felt comfortable calling with any questions he had. I'm grateful for a company who made me feel valued and comfortable during this experience.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

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