Take Me Back! April 26, 2015

By (Wake Forest University) - abroad from 08/25/2014 to 12/13/2014 with

ISA Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Rome stole my heart and I will definitely be going back some day. I loved buying fruit at the local frutteria and eating dinner at the quaint restaurants in Trastevere. I feel like I developed so much as a person and became much more independent. My experience opened my eyes to how large and small the world really is. It is 100% worthwhile. If you ever get the chance, do not hesitate - go!!!

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.

My professors at AUR were from all over the world and I felt like I truly found what it meant to become a "cultured" person.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Even though I had never met any one of my five roommates, ISA did a great job of pairing us through our roommate surveys and we had the time of our lives together!

* Food:

It was Italy... Enough said.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You got out of it what you put in. I loved improving my Italian with locals at the markets!

* 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

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)

Rome is not the cheapest city but you have to be smart about it! You could cook dinner for very cheap after buying vegetables and meat at a market rather than the grocery stores.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Whatever you feel like you might spend, double it.

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Where I lived
  • Attending AUR
  • The included excursions!!
* What could be improved?
  • Interactions between ISA staff and students could be increased
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known about some of the amazing, lesser-known cities around Europe. I will have to go back for them.

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.