Italy

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

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

I feel that our experience studying abroad and with this institution was great. The school staff was very supportive however toward the end of the semester I felt that I was not getting too much support from the staff. Housing was a constant problem as well. Overall the experience was great, but the price of it can to heigh.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 30, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
7

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

I have never been anywhere like Sant'Anna. It is every persons dream to look out their classroom window at the Mediterranean Sea everyday! The teachers and staff are all so welcoming and personable, not one part of me feels homesick or alienated, being the youngest of my group that was my greatest fear. The best part of Sant'Anna is that we get hands-on experience, located in such a historic and cultural center we have so many unimaginable opportunities to learn. The town I have learned is very small and close-knit, its a wonderful feeling to walk to class, pass the same faces, and have conversations in another language (since every local is willing to help you assimilate). Sorrento is beautiful for not only the breathtaking landscape and architecture, but also for its people and its way of life. Coming from the "fast-paced, loud, life of convenience" in New York, Sorrento is the "step-back, relax, and learn to enjoy life not just get through it" break that we all need and it is by far the best decision I have ever made.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 24, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10

SAI - Study Abroad Italy

I have been here for almost two weeks now, and so far I am loving everything about the program that I am in along with the location that I am in. I am enrolled in the Spring 2014 semester at Sant'Anna Institute located in Sorrento, Italy. I have to say that I have never been to a place as beautiful as Sorrento. It's like it could be out of a fairy tale, the city is located up on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. Personally I believe that Sant'Anna is located in one of the best locations in Sorrento, looking outside the window in class you can see the Mediterranean and the small harbor that's located below the school. When I first looked out there I loved all of the small fishing boats, because they were all so colorful. Sorrento is full of color everywhere you look, whether it's from the bright green vines and leaves covering the buildings, the actual buildings themselves the small boats in the harbors, and all of the cars and scooters that the locals all drive around in. I still have so much left to explore of this magical place and I cannot wait.
The program that I am going through is amazing! They accommodated me with transportation from the air port when I arrived, along with an apartment that is located right next to the center of the main square, with which I share with ten other students who are studying here. My professors and the other staff at the school are amazing. Everyone is so supportive and friendly that if you ever need anything you could always go to them and they would help. One of the professors at the school was performing with his band at a local restaurant/bar, and all of the students and a few of the staff went as well. It was awesome to be able to give back the support to them while they have been so supportive to us. I know that this is only the beginning of my journey here and I cannot wait to see what is yet to come.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 24, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Sant'Anna Institute - Sorrento Lingue

Through the entire process of getting to Italy, the institute helped me with all the problems I faced from not arriving on time due to issues with my passport and providing me separate transportation from the airport to my apartment. I felt very taken care of in what could have been a terrible situation, but with the great help and speedy support my situation was made into a great learning experience!
So far, the professors are all extremely out going and fun, I'm sure this will continue throughout the semester, I can tell they all just love to teach!
Overall, my experience thus far has been fabulous, and its already changed my life.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 24, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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