An academically rigorous, but community-orientated program Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2016 to 12/17/2016 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 learned so much about Roman history and archeology that I absolutely would not have otherwise. I've already begun to apply this knowledge to my further studies. I also enjoyed establishing a community of classicists that should last beyond the program.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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

I would absolutely choose this program again—from the professors, to the students, to all the site visits, week long trips, and the staff, this program was a unique and wonderful experience. You will be well taken care of because the program is small and well organized.


* 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? $25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? On the weekends, don't eat out in order to save money. The program does pay for everything else and is very generous.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The course content
  • The sense of community among students and professors
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • Fewer diseases
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program is very intense and academically rigorous. If you're looking for total immersion in classics (a rare and wonderful opportunity for undergraduate studies), this program is for you. Be prepared to work hard, however.

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!