There's no place like home, except Rome. Past Review

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 05/06/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to slow down and enjoy. I learned that it is okay to step out your comfort zone.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved the program so much. My resident directors were helpful and the excursions were fun. The school was very open and I enjoyed my class very much. When I had issues, I was able to get in contact with them with no problem and often as I needed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my apartment. I think it was in a great location.

* Food:

After the first month, I missed food from home. I enjoyed the authentic, homely, cooking I got whenever I ate out(which was often).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made friends with the local shop owners, who knew me by name and remembered my orders!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Drunk italians are alittle rowdy, don't stand out.

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

I loved the city so much, I felt at home. The school I went to also inspired and challenged me.


* 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)

Very easily! Things were relatively cheaper and came in good sizes.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 2300(I eat alot)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local 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?
  • The city
  • The resident director
  • The freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Homework help from Progam
  • That I couldnt Extend :(
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known I would love it so much! I would extend it to a year!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'