Now that I have returned from my study abroad, I have been getting a lot of questions about the experience. Sometimes, the questions can be very repetitive. I figured the best way for me to share all of the basic and best information is in a blog post. Keep reading for some of my highlights! Which Program Did You Choose? CEA Rome: Theology and Religious Studies What Classes Did You Take? Italian (occasional class trips) History and Theology of the Papacy (always in-class) New Testament in the Eternal…

So you’re interested in studying abroad in Rome. That’s awesome! I’m sure a bunch of questions are going through your head like: “What are classes like?” “Will I be stuck in a classroom for all of my classes?” “Will we go on any field trips?” etc. Well, I put together this video from my study abroad experience to give you a taste of just how fun classes can be abroad! Enjoy! Olivia Ferri is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Junior…

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Rome is a beautiful city with sites to see around every corner. Before I left, everyone loved to tell me that I could live in Rome my entire life and still not see everything. I finally believe them. In an effort to see as much of Rome as I could (and to maybe catch a sneaky glimpse of the Pope walking in the gardens), I decided I would take the trek up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying my 6 euro to get in, I…

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of traveling, it is difficult to really describe how amazing it is to be here in Rome. So what brought me to Rome? I always knew I wanted to study abroad. My mom studied in Reims, France for an entire year in college while she pursued her French minor and had an absolutely amazing experience. Last summer, we traveled throughout Europe and actually had the opportunity to return to Reims. My mom’s old roommate from study abroad still lives…

One of the most common things that students say when they come back from studying abroad is, “ I changed so much!”. Too often this can be seen negatively because while you feel like you have changed, it seems like everything back home stayed exactly the same. That can be a little disconcerting when you were used to running around the streets of Paris at 2 o/cock in the morning then come back and instead are sitting in a library room until 2 o’clock in the morning. This…

Almost exactly 4 months ago I was about to come back home to the States and I was NOT excited about it. Just like most people, I loved my study abroad, and I had been gone for almost a full year, I could barely remember what life back home was supposed to be like. I had made wonderful new friends and had a lot of new adventures, I didn’t want to go back to where none of these things were. This is why I decided to be an…

I had always known I wanted to study abroad. One of my main criteria for picking a university to attend was who would let me study abroad, and who make it the easiest. It wan’t news to anyone when I said I was leaving, what surprised everyone was how long I was going to be gone. I was fortunate to have the amazing opportunity to study abroad in four different countries, and I fell in love with all of them, some more than I thought I would. My…

When CEA students study abroad, they get to experience the world, try new things, and ultimately find themselves through life and school in another country. They also have the opportunity to take over our Snapchat account. Because if you didn’t Snapchat it, did it even really happen? Here are 10 stages of study abroad as told by CEA’s Snapchat stories. 1. Starting your journey is easy when you have a support system that loves traveling as much as you do. 2. Packing is possibly the most difficult part of…

Rome, Italy is one of the oldest, most beloved cities in Europe. Its beautiful art, architecture, and culture continue to drive tourists and students to visit in droves and once there, visitors never run out of places to go or see. Here are ten lesser known facts about the Eternal City. Enjoy! 1. SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” or “The Roman Senate of People.” While exploring Rome, you will see the acronym at various points around the city, including engravings on many public monuments and structures. SPQR stands as the municipal symbol…

Italy is known for its food culture, so I came to Rome with high expectations. Let me assure you, all of those expectations were exceeded with flying colors. After spending over four months living on a diet of pasta, pizza, and gelato, I can testify that the food in Italy is the best in the world. From the cappuccinos at the café near the CEA center to the fresh produce at the market across the river, my taste buds were always more than satisfied.   Italians do food…