Italy is everything you could ask for May 30, 2017

By (Arcadia University) - abroad from 01/23/2017 to 05/13/2017 with

Arcadia: Rome - Rome Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Italians are so much more relaxed than Americans

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.

My sketching class took the most time out of experience and my internship course was probably the most difficult because of the research paper. The classes themselves are relatively easy and simple. My particular internship was also not very challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone is extremely helpful and will always go the extra mile whether it is driving you to the doctor, helping you find bus routes, or walking you tot he pharmacy

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was cold at first because european heating in general is not like it is in the states, but the location was very nice

* Food:

I mean...it is Italy. But there is not much variety

* 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

I do not want to have the same experience twice

Finances

* 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? about 100 depending on how often I ate out or went to bars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set aside how much you want to spend for trips outside of the host country

Language

* 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? nothing
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? DO NOT USE DUOLINGO. Just look up common phrases

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • How helpful the staff was
  • There is history and wonder around every corner
* What could be improved?
  • How much skipping a class affects your grade
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It was not nearly as stressful as I made it out to be

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.