"During my semester in Vienna, my eyes were open to a whole new experience that I never imagined I would be a part of. Not only was Vienna such an amazing hub for European art, culture, history, and international politics, but its central location in the continent gave me the opportunity to explore other fascinating countries. These travel opportunities included Budapest, Rome, and Zurich among others. Between taking enriching classes in Vienna and being able to explore sections of the continent, my semester abroad in Vienna is one I will never forget.
My five-week French immersion program in Quebec City was a fascinating experience. I was able to explore a city with a deep French history and improve my ability in all aspects of French language usage daily. The daily rigorous five hour French classes were extremely productive and gave me the opportunity to apply my use of French outside of the classroom as well as inside. I was also given the opportunity to take part in exciting extracurricular events such as white water rafting (with all communication done completely in French!). Everyday was an adventure, and if given the opportunity, I would go back again in a heartbeat."
- Daniel Torma
"My Rome experience was absolutely amazing. I was able to intimately know the city as well as travel to 7 other different countries. I formed lifelong bonds with my friends that I met there. I also met many inspiring people on the faculty and staff as well as the seminarians from the Pontifical North American College that came to the John Felice Rome Center to help us out on our faith journey. I was extremely sad as I was leaving Rome until one of my professors, Dr. Sander Evers, told me that home is where the heart is, and now, Rome is my home in a way that no other place can be. I take Rome with me wherever I go, because it will always be in my heart. I would give anything to go back and experience it all over again. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Rome and the people I met.
I want to personally thank you, Dr. DeFilippis, for telling me about the LUC program. I am in your debt. Grazie per tutto."
"I studied abroad during my fall semester of my senior year at Wheeling Jesuit University. Through AHA, a program that does study abroad programs around the world, I decided to further my French skill in the Angers, France Program. There I spent three months with a host family attending French classes and going on excursions all around the country of France. It only cost roughly $2,000 - $3,000 more than a semester at Wheeling Jesuit, but I though of my study abroad as an investment for my future.
I flew to France in late September of 2009 and was introduced to my host family. They were very welcoming and friendly. They wanted to make sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. Although there were ground rules, as every household does, they were not difficult to follow and made for a more respectful experience.
Every weekday morning I take a bus from the suburb of Bouchemaine, where my host family and I lived, to the city of Angers. The city of Angers, with a stone fortress in the center of the city, had the feel of ancient France with all the modernness of the 21st century. The ancient and the modern blended together cohesively to make a city with old town charm that was a pleasure to walk through every morning. There were cobblestone streets leading to the school, which was of decent size, and mostly made of marble. My classes had many foreign students who were at the same level of French as I was.. The classes were very helpful in advancing my French skills and made me more comfortable in speaking French.
Every weekend, either the school or AHA would provide excursions, included in the study abroad fee, to historical places in France. I visited châteaux of the Loire valley, Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo, Chignon, various abbeys, and Normandy beaches. During these excursions, I learned the history of France and how it is still included in everyday French life. These excursions gave me the knowledge and experiences that I would not have been able to obtain any other way.
The friendships I made and the experiences I had will last a lifetime. It was sad to see all my friends go and to leave Angers. I leaned more French studying abroad for three months than I did for years in the United States. I still keep in contact with my friends and family abroad and plan to do so for the years to come. Studying abroad was a very pleasurable experience that I wish to do again and again. It grows your heart and your mind to different people and different cultures. I would recommend that anybody who wishes and is able to study abroad, to do so I wish any future French student the best of luck and I know that they will have a life-changing experience that they will never forget."
- Jasmin Russell