The best four months of my life Past Review

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/07/2016 to 05/07/2016 with

API (Academic Programs International): Rome - John Cabot University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Acceptance of different cultures, appreciation of life as a whole, a new outlook on food and wine, lifelong friends.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Rachel Mogan was an amazing help. I had personally issues which made it a huge struggle for me to study abroad this past semester, but Rachel was a huge Help and definitely a big reason i was able to travel abroad!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Naike , Alessio and Matteo were also a huge support system and help. They were awesome

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

63 Piazza San Cosimato was a huge apartment, and had great location in the heart of Rome, but my only down faults were the old furniture and small beds.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had a hospital incident, the ospedale was terrible but Naike was a great help .

* Safety:

"Beware of Pick pockets"

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan each weekend trip in advance, so that you wont waste money booking last minute flights and trips.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Italian 3 (High School)
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Duolingo Rosetta Stone

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions (Capri, Sorrento, Florence, Arezzo)
  • 24/7 help from Naike, Alessio, Matteo
  • Hotels while on excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Apartments
  • More interaction with students in program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

International Business law

Course Department: LAW 323
Instructor: Chiara Magriani
Instruction Language: English (Heavy Italian accent)
Comments: Interesting course, hard to maintain a high grade if you plan on traveling often
Credit Transfer Issues: