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Saint Rose Studies Abroad: Spring Break Edition

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting and alluring opportunities a Saint Rose student can experience.

For the next several weeks, we’ll profile many students who studied abroad and learn about their different experiences. Maybe, it will spark your interest. Maybe, you don’t know if studying abroad is right for you. Either way, we encourage you to reach out to the Saint Rose Study Abroad Office at

View on a bridge in Florence, Italy

Study abroad profile:

Erica DeSimone ’21, graphic design major

Where did you study abroad/where are you studying abroad?
I studied over spring break in Italy.

Why did you choose to study abroad?
Learning about cultures is fun and relates to our lives.

How has your experience enhanced or informed what you’re studying at Saint Rose?
Yes! A lot of the art and culture I saw heavily impacts my field of study.

View from the top of the Vatican in Vatican City.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a student who is contemplating studying abroad?

What is the most interesting information you have learned/what have you learned so far?
Different cities in many places in Europe have an entirely different culture than a city an hour away.

How have you grown as a person by experiencing different cultures or developing new friendships?
When you study abroad you meet so many people of different ages, with different backgrounds, and from different places that not only are you learning about the culture of the abroad place you are in, but you are learning about the many people you meet during your time there, and the friendships you make are fantastic. 


Study Abroad Tips:

suitcase with feet beside it

  • It’s imperative that students start thinking about their trip as early as their first year at the College. Some majors have strict course requirements that are not offered overseas. Students should plan ahead and save their general education credits for their experience abroad.
  • Our students’ financial aid packages follow them wherever they choose to go. That does not mean they shouldn’t save their money! Once they settle into their new college, they won’t stay put for long. One of the many benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to explore — they’ll never know when a spontaneous trip to Paris might pop up!
  • When our students return from their adventures, their wanderlust stays with them. You can often find them hanging out at the Center for International Programs, volunteering at ESL programs, or attending one of the many events that the center sponsors.

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