If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program?
When I think back on my semester in Rome it feels like a dream. Still today when I tell people that I lived one block away from the Vatican it doesn’t seem real. IES students live in two of the most beautiful quarters of Rome, Prati and Trastevere; the center is within walking distance, right across from Castel Sant’Angelo. The structure of the IES program integrates its students into the city. One-hour lessons were spent in the classroom, while two hour sessions were often spent meeting with experts in the subject area or exploring museums. It is one thing to look at a painting in a textbook and another to look at it and discuss it while it is 2 feet away from you. The professors at IES work both at the center and in Roman universities so they can give insight that is authentic. They are always available to talk both about class materials and the city itself. I got some of the best suggestions on places to visit from my professors. In addition to their suggestions and exploring the city myself, the center sent out a weekly email telling students about what was going on around Rome during the week. IES really works to make their students feel like romans after their time studying there.