Rome: Changing My Life at an Italian Pace Past Review

By (Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania State University - Abington) for

IES Abroad: Study Rome - Language & Area Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Overall I thought the classes at IES Rome were fair and taught at a level we all understood. The on site field studies gave us a new perspective of learning and gave us the opportunity to see in person what we were learning about in class that week. Field studies also gave us the chance to visit places we may not have visited on out own time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Staff at IES was very helpful and had our best interests at heart. They gave us tips and ideas for adapting to the new lifestyle and organized activities to help us learn the culture.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Italian food is to die for. Pizza, pasta, and more pizza.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved the lifestyle and I loved the city.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Rome is a very safe city. No signs of any violence taking place when I was around.

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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Italian was one of my favorite classes. Very well taught and I learned a lot. Used what I learned in class almost every day.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it! It is the most rewarding experience you will ever have.