My experience with SAI in Rome was incredible. Rome itself was amazing and the staff of SAI and the program itself helped further my experience that much more. Before I came, I felt like I was prepared. Or at least as much as I could be, since I was going somewhere completely unknown without any familiar friends. Before I went to Rome, whenever I called or emailed with a question, someone at SAI always responded quickly and with a helpful answer which was great.
The staff helped make the arrival easy with the meeting in the hotel and then taking us to our places. I thought the orientation was helpful in every where because they told us all of the important things we needed to know. The trips that were planned with SAI were all so fun and well organized. I enjoyed every one that I went on.
I thought SAI did a great job in helping the students whenever they needed it, with either maintenance requests or just personal things. And the housing was great. I was very happy with my apartment and with my roommates. I know not everyone gets as lucky, but I was very lucky to have been placed in my apartment with the roommates that I got.
Rome was an incredible experience that I would not trade for the world. I enjoyed my time over there tremendously and learned so much about myself, about another culture, and about life in general. It was hard at times with the language barrier and what not, but that’s what made me grow. I think that if someone is given the opportunity to study abroad, they should take it because it is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Thank you SAI for making my experience abroad great!
– Katherine, University of Tennessee at Knoxville