Incredible Immersive Time in Rome! May 10, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/29/2018 to 05/10/2018 with

IES Abroad: Study Rome - Language & Area Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned much about Roman History and archaeology, and even had a chance to perform practical archaeology in an internship. Every moment was worthwhile! I learned so much about Italian culture and how to be independent abroad. 100% recommend!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academically rigorous program with great professors and many active field studies!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very good at organizing your abroad experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartment style housing with Italian Student Companion - great way to integrate!

* Food:

Food in Rome can be pricey, but if you cook and find great local restaurants it will be great. Some of the best food in the world!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program is primarily American students, so you need to make an effort to meet Italians. There are Italian Student Companions who live with students which is great. I participated in soccer games, as well as training at a local Italian gym and martial arts school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Rome is a safe city just be weary of pickpockets!

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

IES was a fantastic program full of great people, academics, and language study. The highlights are the fantastic extracurricular activities run by IES, as well as the field studies where you get to learn on-site during class time many times during the semester.

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)

While food and travel can be cheap, it can be difficult to budget in Rome as communal meals and drinks are very common. Just budget in advance and you'l be fine!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150

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

Great Italian language class - the professors are fantastic! They encourage you to use it outside, but just by going through your day-to-day you will utilize Italian.

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? Italian 30 (3rd Semester)
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?
  • Field Studies
  • Extracurriculars
  • Field Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Predeparture Information
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just know that if you want to make the most of your abroad experience you must take initiative to immerse in the culture outside of academics!