Rome remains eternal inside of me. Past Review

By (History & Social Sciences Secondary Education, Illinois State University) for

Lorenzo de' Medici - Summer: Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, even though I don't have any money left. The knowledge and experience I've gained have made me into a better person.

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.

I felt like there was too much homework given. It often interfered with my plans to experience the local history and culture because I was stuck in my apartment doing school work.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really appreciated all of the efforts of the LdM staff to help us experience the traditional Italian lifestyle.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I thought my apartment was in a wonderful neighborhood. We were close to the Vatican and I felt very safe. It was convenient for shopping, and near the metro as well.

* Food:

LdM staff gave us great recommendations for places to eat.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved all of the weekend trips we were taken on. The activities were all things I wouldn't have done on my own.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe here. I did carry around a tube of pepper spray, just in case, which really helped me feel safe.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I tried to limit my spending to 50 euros per week, for food and any necessary supplies. This way I had plenty of left over money for travel.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget before you leave and try to stick to it. Otherwise you won't realize until all of it is gone! Don't spend hundreds of dollars on alcohol. You're not in a foreign country to get wasted. You can do that at home.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

My teacher, fellow students, and random encounters with local people

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Weekend trips
  • Friendly teachers
* What could be improved?
  • larger school, more students
  • Less busy work
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? History majors, or lovers, will absolutely love Rome. There are literal layers upon layers of history to explore here.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ancient Rome

Course Department: CLA210
Instructor: Valentina Santoro
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was fantastic! I loved every field trip, and also that Valentina was so knowledgeable. The fact that she was an archeologist was valuable to her teaching knowledge.
Credit Transfer Issues: