Culturally Immersive and More! February 12, 2020

By (Gettysburg College) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/12/2019 with

IES Abroad: Study Rome - Language & Area Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Apart from regular academics, I learned how to view my own culture from a perspective different than my own.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not rigorous, but rather immersive with lectures inside and outside of the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IES Abroad Rome was great in directing us on how to navigate the city upon the first week of our arrival.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a homestay with a wonderful Italian woman who cooked amazing Italian cuisine and helped me with my Italian language skills leaps and bounds.

* 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

IES Abroad Rome provides so many opportunities both in and outside of the classroom to get to know the city like a Roman.

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Italian 202 (Intermediate)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Faculty
  • Opportunities
  • Immersion
* What could be improved?
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The only thing that comes to mind is to know what cell-phone plan you wish to use while abroad in advance!