An Incredible Semester in Rome August 08, 2016

By (George Washington University) - abroad from 02/01/2016 to 05/20/2016 with

IES Abroad: Study Rome - Language & Area Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've gained so many life skills that I don't think I really would have otherwise. I learned how to speak a different language, how to travel alone, how to learn about other cultures without judgement, how to have an outside view of my own culture, and so much more. It was absolutely worthwhile - I wish I could go again.

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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? No

I realized during my time in Rome that I really would have liked to have had more cultural immersion options and be able to really integrate into the Italian culture. My program was definitely Americanized and most of my friends and fellow study abroad students didn't show much interest in learning the culture.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Being able to cook at home instead of eating out definitely helped save money.

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 2nd year college course
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? Live with students who also want to learn the language and practice together at home.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Location
  • Being able to have an internship
  • Professors and classes
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Meal Plan options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I wouldn't have many opportunities to meet locals and engage in the local culture from my program. I also wish I knew more about the classes and the scheduling before I chose this program.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.