Qui l'Italia Past Review

By (Austin College) - abroad from 01/10/2012 to 05/20/2012 with

Arcadia: Rome - Arcadia in Rome

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. If I could, I would do it again, although in another city or country. Study abroad tests your limits while creating opportunities to discover, learn, and understand yourself, others, and the world.

Review Photos

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Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Roma Tre
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Lacked structured academic composition and integration with locals

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Students were located in a well furbished apartment however the apartment itself was located in dilapidated district outside of Rome's main area.

* Food:

Delcious however students had to pay for there own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Rome, as are many european cities, are expensive due to the dollar-eur conversion rate.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book through student groups such as EuroAdventures or book with economical airlines such as Ryanair or easyjet, just be prepared for unintended cinsequences.


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Beginner Italian II
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? Interact with local students and practice the language with peers and professors.

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?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Independent Living
  • Extracurricular Activities
* What could be improved?
  • Academic Calendar/Schedule
  • Field Studies
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The structure and schedule of each class and location of apartments.