CEA believes in the importance of dedicated international staff working to ensure your well being and that of all CEA students. Our Program Director in Rome, Anna Felberbaum, and her staff will:
- Be available to assist you with any difficulties or questions that may arise during your program
- Act as a liaison between you and the administration of the host institution
- Help you make a smooth transition into Italian culture and educational system
- Closely monitor your academic progress
- Organize a wide range of social and cultural activities
Questions about the Rome staff? Email
Meet the Rome Staff
Here's what Anna has to say about Rome
I wake up in a bad mood because I have to go and pay my gas and telephone bill. To do this I will have to stand in
line at the post office for over an hour. I throw on my sweats and go treat myself (as I do every morning) to a
cappuccino and cornetto alla crema. I walk into my local bar and Franco, the barman, yells a "Buongiorno Anna"
and then "il solito?" (the usual?). I smile and nod; my bad mood slowly evaporating once surrounded by my Roman
family of bartenders, butchers, dry cleaners and newspaper agents. You see, that’s Rome! Once you go into a bar
or grocery store more than twice you are enveloped into their world and they never let go.
Just by doing something as simple as walking to the post office can take your breath or bad mood away, especially in
the area of Trastevere where time seems to have stopped. There I can still find the shoe shiner who used to clean my
grandfather’s shoes or the fish monger whose daughters used to baby-sit for me as a child. I can walk through the
beautiful markets located in amazing piazzas with striking churches, fountains and buildings. And what I love most
is that this is where the locals do their groceries, where I do my groceries, where all the CEA students can do their
However, along with its reassurances, Rome also offers you mystery and exhilaration. For while I can always be sure
to run into the man who used to shine my grandfather’s shoes, I can also be sure that I will find a hidden treasure
on a little side street that I had never seen before. I will then discover that it was built by Bernini or
Michelangelo and I will feel as if I am the first person to have ever laid eyes on this unknown creation.
All of a sudden, through the haze of discovery, I realize to my horror that the post office has closed and
my bills have still to be paid.