When in Rome Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/08/2014 to 12/19/2014 with

ICCS / Centro: Rome - The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a greater depth of knowledge of Roman history and the Classical world in addition to an appreciation of modern Italian culture. This program provided me the opportunity to visit sites I never would have been able to otherwise.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very academically intensive. Good professors, not great academic resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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? 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)


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?
  • Food!
  • Academics
* What could be improved?
  • Dorms
  • Administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program does not provided much opportunity for travel outside of the group trips.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ancient City

Course Department: Classics
Instructor: Beth Severy-Hoven, Marilyn Evans, Cat Baker, Daniel Picus
Instruction Language:
Comments: Survey course in Roman history. Because of its breadth, the course was very challenging. Class was taught on site, which was both helpful and challenging. I did not participate very often in class because of its large size. Assessments included three short (2 page) site reports, an oral site presentation, a midterm, a final, and a final research paper.
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Elementary Italian

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Barbara Castaldo
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: Our professor was Italian, so she was very knowledgeable about the language. I participated very often in class because of its small size. Class was challenging but also fun.
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Intermediate Greek

Course Department: Ancient Greek
Instructor: Beth Severy-Hoven
Instruction Language:
Comments: Not quite as challenging as my previous Greek classes at my home institution but overall an engaging and enjoyable class. Our professor was knowledgeable and well-prepared. I probably participated less often in class than I would have at my school. Assessments included weekly quizzes, a midterm, a recitation, a final, and a short paper.
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