An unforgettable Summer in Rome! September 15, 2019

By (Stevens Institute of Technology) - abroad from 07/01/2019 to 07/31/2019 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Summer in Rome

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be more independent and to not fear the unknown. It was 100% worth it!

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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.

Classes were interesting and professors graded assignments on a rigorous scale.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I wish it was closer to school.

* Food:

It was not included in the program, but the food I bought myself was fine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The tours that CISabroad provided were very helpful in learning the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not need it.

* Safety:

I felt safe.

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

The city of Rome has so much to offer and you will never be bored. So many historical places!


* 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 is slightly more expensive than what I am used to, but it is not as expensive as I thought it would be.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-$300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy food from the grocery store and cook for yourself when you can instead of always eating out. Also, visit several souvenir shops to find a cheaper option.


* 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? 3 years of Spanish during high school, no Italian
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? Try to speak the language when you can i.e. at the grocery store

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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  • 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?
  • location
  • roommate
  • Italian class
* What could be improved?
  • choose living closer to campus
  • more AC units in apartments
  • offer more classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack less clothes from home to leave room for souvenirs! Also, bring snacks from home for when you are homesick.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

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History of Modern Europe

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Italian Language and Culture

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