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Student Testimonials

CCRI students have enrolled in programs in London and Italy most frequently, but others have studied in Germany, Australia, France, Greece and China.

Charles Garabedian (CCRI '01) spent his summer in Ireland studying Irish reading and Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction. During his free time he did some sight seeing and was exposed to the Irish brogue. The most rewarding part of his semester was the exposure to a different culture through the friendships he formed with the country's natives. Mr. Garabedian stated, "not to study abroad would be a decision to regret. The values that another culture can offer are an asset to the personal growth of character." Mr. Garabedian would visit Ireland again.

Darachaiden Chey (CCRI '01) spent her fall semester in China.

Lisa Gualtieri (CCRI '00) spent her fall semester in Florence, Italy. She studied Italian and art. After her experience in Italy, she decided to keep studying abroad and has been accepted to Parsons School of Design in Paris.

Letticia Alvardo (CCRI '00) spent her summer in Switzerland, taking courses in Italian and Art History.

Virginia Watson (CCRI '00) spent four weeks in London and Bath studying Shakespeare's Human Comedy. Ms. Watson found the course work, grading system, professors' expectations of students and their approach to teaching very similar to the United States. During her free time, she visited museums, went shopping, dined at restaurants and did some sight seeing in London and Bath. The most rewarding part of her semester abroad was visiting The Jane Austen Museum in Bath and also the experience of being around English and European people. The local spoken language is English. If given the opportunity Ms. Watson would visit England again.

Matt Hull (CCRI '99) spent his fall semester abroad in Nanjing, China, taking courses in Chinese language, history, culture and literature. He reported that the work is more difficult than he's been used to, but he maintained his 4.0. He spent time in Hong Kong, and visited Beijing for nine days. Matt is now applying for next year at a university in Hong Kong where he hopes to learn a different spoken Chinese dialect. After one semester, he was able to get around, buy food and carry on basic conversations with the people in Nanjing.

Jessica Carsten (CCRI '98) spent her spring semester in Florence, studying Italian language and history, oil painting and opera. When she wasn't studying, she was traveling, hiking in the Alps, taking the train to Prague, and sightseeing in Germany. She said that the experience of studying abroad gave her confidence in every aspect of her life. "If I can find my way around when I'm struggling with the language, and don't know where anything is, who knows what else I can do", she said in an interview with the Providence Journal. Ms. Carsten summed it up well in her Journal interview - "This is the only time in your life when you'll be able to do something like this."

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Last Updated: 1/22/14