Greatest Undergrad Experience! Past Review

By (Political Science and Government, Loyola University Chicago) - abroad from 08/21/2013 to 05/08/2014 with

Loyola University Chicago: Rome - John Felice Rome Center

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I could write a novel on all that I've gained/learned from my experience abroad. It was the most worthwhile thing I've done throughout my entire undergraduate career.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses are great! I took two on site courses and was able to explore many different parts of Rome.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The most friendly and helpful staff that made this transition from Chicago to Rome very smooth.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The residence hall is great and is as social as you want it to be.

* Food:

The food at the cafeteria (mensa) is

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was there for a year and tutored an Italian student, so I was able to discuss with him all about the Italian culture. The campus is in a residential neighborhood, so there are families around. I think students need to make an effort to really be immersed in the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got sick and the Rome Center staff accompanied me to the doctor. There is an on-campus doctor, but I needed to see a specialist and they were so helpful in making sure I got the help I needed!

* Safety:

Rome is like any other city. All of the same safety tips apply.

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)

I tutored and worked in the library, but I had also worked the previous 2 summers and saved a lot of money. I ended up traveling to over 18 countries.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? This is tricky to answer because I traveled and that was Friday-Monday. No classes on Fridays at the Rome Center and my first class on Monday was at 2:30pm.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Manage your money wisely! Look for cheap flights and stay in hostels!


* 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

Definitely as much as you want or as little as you want.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Tutor someone!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Programs
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't consider the exchange rate with the euro.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!