JCU in Rome, the perfect mix - small classes, small college in a BIG city Past Review

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I would not change it for anything. Not only was I able to become immersed in an entirely different culture and language than my own, this experience opened up the possibility for me to interact and form relationships with people from all over the world and of diverse backgrounds. With this, I was able to connect with others based on our differences allowing me the prospect to learn and grow as an individual.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: John Cabot University
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

JCU was a much smaller university than what I was used to, but I loved the small class sizes and the one-on-one interaction with fellow students and professors. Although this is an American university, all but one of my professors was Italian allowing for a much different academic experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

What I liked most about API was how much they have to offer as an entire package and they really care about helping make your time abroad the most beneficial experience possible. There was only one program cost that encompassed a tremendous amount including everything from tuition and housing to excursions and a cell phone.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

What I loved about my program was that although Rome is a fairly large city, Trastevere was very quaint and had a small town feel to it. We had the options of a large city, but were not overwhelmed by the size. Rome is also in a fairly central location, so if you do plan to travel around Italy and Europe this is great. There are two main airports in the city and one main train station, all of which are easily accessible and are extremely helpful for traveling purposes. I lived in an apartment with seven other girls in a building with all other API students, which was great because this was the perfect opportunity to really get to know the people in your program. I loved getting to know people from such different places and walks of life, it really made my experience that much more beneficial. The apartments were fairly modern and included laundry and several balconies overlooking the neighborhood.

* Food:

The Italian was food unbelievable and better than I could have imagined! From pasta and pizza to paninos and gelato, there was nothing I didn't love about the food in Italy.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is so much history and culture around every cobble stoned street corner, you are bound to discover something new every day. My favorite memories are on my daily runs throughout the city, getting lost and loving every second of it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I am from an extremely small, rural town and Rome was the first city I have ever lived in. Petty crime is the most common form of crime in Rome and even with this I did not once feel unsafe in this wonderful city.

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)

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Italy is one of the most popular countries to study abroad in and for good reason. As with any large decision, I would advice students to look into API with as much thought and consideration as all the other programs, compare and contrast them and choose the one that best fits their needs. API fulfilled all of my needs and more and proved to be the best 'fit' program for me. The best advice I could give for those studying abroad in general, is to be patient, open-minded and flexible. If you find yourself frustrated or overwhelmed, continue to remind yourself that you ARE in a different country, so things WILL be different, but as long as those three things are kept in mind, any student will be fine!