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International Programs

Global Ambassadors are a valuable resource for students who are researching study abroad programs. Global Ambassadors are current Salve Regina students who've completed one of the University's approved study abroad programs. They are happy to share their experiences and answer questions. It's a great way to get the student perspective and ask questions that only those who've been there can answer.

Sarah Pike

Major: Elementary education

Study abroad location: St. Clare’s Oxford, England, spring 2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

My most meaningful experience was with one of the people I met abroad. We spent the day in London and played what we called “musical roulette,” which was basically us deciding which play we were going to see based on which shows had tickets left and how much they cost. We really had the chance to bond and get to know each other, and I know she is someone that I will want to see repeatedly. Our day was really spontaneous – we walked around the city, took pictures and had a day that I would do over in a heartbeat.

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Step outside your comfort zone and put yourself out there. I made so many friends and memories by going out and doing things and just by simply doing my homework in the common rooms.

What was a typical day like while abroad?

I only had one or two classes a day, so my friend Claire and I found a café that we would go to for lunch at least twice a week, or we would go to a sandwich shop that was a five-minute walk from the building where classes were held. But for the most part after class we would explore the city.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

My favorite place was Paris.  I’m a bit of an art history nerd and having the opportunity to see Monet’s “Water Lilies” and the Palace of Versailles was really exciting for me.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

I think everyone should study abroad if they can. It was truly the best experience of my life and because of it I’m looking at teaching abroad and doing my master’s abroad so that I can have experiences like that again.

Taylor Vasta

Major: Political science and Spanish

Study abroad location: University of Seville, Spain, spring 2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

Exploring the city and getting to know your location will be one of the most enriching parts of study abroad. One of my favorite moments was sitting on top of a landmark in Seville called Las Setas drinking coffee, with the view of the city on one side of me and the orange sunset on the other.

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

If you plan to study abroad, begin saving for it as a first-year student. Studying abroad is expensive, but will be affordable if you prepare financially. You need to save for phase one, which is getting abroad, fees to Salve Regina and your study abroad program, and any payments needed to acquire your passport and other travel documents. Phase two includes living abroad and food (groceries and eating out). You will most likely want to do both regardless of whether you live in with a host family or in a residence.

What was a typical day like while abroad?

A typical day began with eating breakfast with my host person and roommate. We usually drank coffee and ate toast or she cooked us eggs. After I would go to my two or three classes of the day. Then I would return home, nap, wake up and then go out to eat with friends or walk around the city.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

I loved visiting Toledo, Spain. I think it was one of the first excursions my entire study abroad group went on together. Toledo is an ancient town with narrow, cobblestoned streets that also happen to go uphill. My tour guide was amazingly recounting Toledo’s rich history without hardly looking down while the rest of us kept tripping, almost knocking each other down like dominos.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

Studying abroad allowed me to become much more independent. For students who are majoring in a language, living and learning in a country that speaks the same language will definitely enhance one’s speaking and reading capabilities. It may be frustrating and intimidating at times, but growth is often uncomfortable. Returning from study abroad will make the Salve campus seem like a small microcosm, and having that change in perspective enables students to grow into their independence no matter the growing pains.

Caroline Rogers

Major: Political science, administration of justice minor

Study abroad location: Free University of Berlin, Germany, academic year 2019-2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

The days I spent volunteering with a local Berlin organization, Moabit Hilfe, which aided incoming refugees to Germany. A strong majority of them came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. They needed help filling out applications for asylum and/or visas, guaranteeing housing, finding work and more. It was a deeply profound experience working with some of the kindest people I have ever met, and I was able to learn about immigration policy in Germany, which is drastically different than ours. 

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Get outside your comfort zone. You will never grow and learn if you don't try things that sound nerve-wracking. There were so many experiences that I am so thankful for but wouldn't have been able to do if I hadn't gotten the courage to say "Sure, why not!" in the first place. 

What was a typical day like while abroad?

A typical weekday included class in the mornings and sometimes into the late afternoons, but tons of free time to explore after. Every day after class, I would visit a new park, restaurant, museum or monument. (Seriously, every day.) I constantly was going to new places and trying things that I had only dreamed of before my trip. 

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

Everywhere, obviously. However, I think if I could teleport back to my favorite places, I would pick Positano in Italy, the Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin, or Brussels in Belgium. 

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

The entire experience challenges your political beliefs, personal morals and cultural understandings of other countries. While Salve does an awesome job of challenging us here on campus, there is so much about the world you can only learn when you get out there and see it for yourself.

Callie Crowston-Hickey

Major: Psychology, special education minor

Study abroad location: Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality, Italy, spring 2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

When I visited a local school just outside of Florence. I had signed up to teach English to the students there, and unfortunately due to COVID-19, I could only attend twice. Regardless, being there was one of the moments where it truly hit me that I was living in a completely different part of the world. It was really interesting to see how their school systems differ from those in the U.S. Not to mention, it was super cute to hear all the young children speaking Italian and trying their best to greet me in English. 

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Travel as much as you can. Try to not have classes on Mondays or Fridays so you have longer weekends to explore. I was fortunate to be done with classes on Thursdays by 10 a.m. and did not have classes on Fridays, so I was able to leave Florence around noon and return late on Sunday. I understand this may not be the case for everyone, but research day trips and activities you can do locally as well. 

What was a typical day like while abroad?

Typically, I would wake up earlier in the morning and go to class until around noon. One thing about FUA is that the educational buildings are somewhat far apart. On my busier days, I would have to walk 20 minutes to get to my next class. Although I hated it at times, I learned to love my walk through the city each day, especially when my route took me by the Duomo and my favorite gelato place. I was lucky enough to travel to Florence with two of my best friends from home, so after classes we would explore the city and often go out at night.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

I truly loved being in Florence, it’s such a beautiful city and doesn't feel too big or overwhelming. This was my third time there and I will be going back again. However, one of the places I was most excited to visit was Paris. Being in Paris felt so surreal and was such a fun city to explore since there is so much to do. On my second weekend there, a friend wanted to go skiing in Switzerland, and I was reluctant since I’m not a skier but decided to go anyway. While she skied, my other friends and I traveled from Interlaken to Zurich. We were so happy we ended up going because both cities were so beautiful and different from the other places we were planning to visit.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

To put it plainly, it's an experience you'll never have the opportunity to do again. I was able to make new friends that I am still in touch with, and travel to six amazing countries all within seven weeks. Traveling for this long is likely something I will never get to do again, and although it was cut short due to COVID-19, I don't regret any part of the decision to go.

Ashley D’Antuono

Major: Secondary education and Spanish, economics minor

Study abroad location: University of Seville, Spain, spring 2019

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

Taking my host mom’s flamenco class.

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Enjoy every moment, take every opportunity and don’t blink.

What was a typical day like while abroad?

Going to class, getting tapas with friends and taking a long walk in Parque de Maria Luisa. 

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

Besides Sevilla, my favorite city is Granada.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

To learn more about different cultures, enhance their language skills and connect with lifelong friends.

Lindsay Wright

Major: History and secondary education

Study abroad location: St. Clare’s Oxford, England, spring 2019

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

My student teaching practicum at a local Oxford middle school. To have the opportunity as a sophomore education major to not only observe the teaching pedagogies of a UK school, but go for one full day per week was such an invaluable experience. 

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Explore as much of your city as possible. Whether you have homework to complete or have nothing to do for a few hours, explore your city. Find a coffeeshop downtown, go to the museums and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

What was a typical day like while abroad?

I would typically go to class in the morning/early afternoon, then I would take the bus downtown to the local natural history museum or Waterstones bookstore to do homework at their cafes. There was free Wi-Fi and access to coffee, so it was the perfect place to sit down for a few hours and get work done. After, I would do some shopping or grab a drink before going back to my dorm for the night.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

I absolutely loved Lisbon, Portugal. It was truly an incredible city to visit with the best food, sights and people. I hope to go back soon.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

Why wouldn't you? When else would you have a chance to live in a foreign city, take the most amazing classes and meet the most incredible people? Especially since COVID-19, we have been far too sheltered from the world. It's time to get out and explore.

Olivia Delancy

Major: History and secondary education, special education minor

Study abroad location: University College Cork, Ireland, spring 2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

I was on a weekend trip to County Kerry. We were driving around the Ring of Kerry on a coach bus, and one of the areas on the journey, Ladies’ View, is known for having some of the cleanest air in the entire world. Stepping off the bus and breathing in the fresh air on a beautiful day in front of an amazing view was an absolutely breathtaking experience.

What is the number one piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Travel as much as you possibly can. I had the chance to travel around Ireland a little bit while I was there and it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t stress too much about spending your money because you may never get the experience to go back.

What was a typical day like while abroad?

I would normally be able to sleep in because most of my classes were in the late morning or afternoon. I would then take the bus to campus and attend my classes. After class, I would stop at the grocery store to pick up food for dinner. Sometimes I would also walk around the shops to run any errands I had. Then, I would go home to cook dinner, finish up any work or studying, and spend time with my roommates.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

A town called Kinsale. Some friends and I took a day trip to Kinsale, the town over from Cork, and discovered that it is Newport’s sister city. This meant a lot to me because I was starting to feel a little bit homesick, and this helped me to get out of my funk.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

It helps make students into more well-rounded and experienced people. It teaches you lessons and shows you things that can only be experienced because of an opportunity like this, and can create lifelong friendships with students from all over the world.

Claire Noonan

Major: Elementary and special education

Study abroad location: St. Clare’s Oxford, England, spring 2020

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What was the most meaningful experience you had abroad?

I met so many incredible students from all over the world. I built lasting friendships and shared experiences with them I never could have imagined. Sharing those adventures with such amazing people was an experience I'll treasure forever.

What is the No. 1 piece of advice you have for students studying abroad?

Take every opportunity you can to get out of your comfort zone and explore the world around you. Schoolwork is important, but this opportunity is much more than that. Take your learning outside the classroom, and get immersed in a new culture. Push yourself to explore your new environment, and take it all in – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

What was a typical day in the life for you while abroad?

Every morning Monday through Thursday I had classes, but in the evenings, I would go out with my friends and explore Oxford. On the weekends, we would go into the city and take in the sights. Some weekends, we even took trains or planes to other countries, like France, Italy and Hungary.

What was your favorite place you visited while abroad?

My Paris/Venice trip during my February break. It was the week of my 20th birthday, so my friend and I spent the 10-day vacation visiting both cities, and we had a ton of incredible adventures during that time. It was an unforgettable trip.

Why do you think Salve Regina students should study abroad?

I firmly believe that anyone who has the opportunity to go abroad should do so. Not only is it an opportunity to meet new people and have adventures, but it makes you so much more culturally aware. My study abroad experience has changed me so much, in that I am much more empathetic to people coming from other backgrounds and cultures. My study abroad experience gave me so many gifts, and I will treasure those memories, friendships and lessons for the rest of my life.