Rewarding, challenging, growth, pizza! November 13, 2022

By (Environmental Chemistry Major, Food Studies Minor, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/01/2022 to 06/30/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Rome

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I did an internship with UNESCO and learned how to speak Italian in a professional working environment.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The course I took at the University of Rome was much more rigorous compared to those offered by the Middlebury program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration based in Florence did not do the best job at communicating with students studying in Rome. No concrete excursions or programs were planned for students in Rome.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an apartment in the center of Rome that was comfortable and felt very safe.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Really easy to navigate.

* Safety:

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

It was such a great experience living and studying in Rome - a city that definitely stole my heart. I loved the independence that the program in Rome gave me.


* 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? Between 30-100 euros depending on the week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget and keep track of how much money you spend eating out.


* 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? 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? 300-level
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? Stick to the language pledge; watch movies/podcasts/ TV in Italian. Speak to locals.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Making friends in a new language
  • Living and travelling in Italy.
  • Living in my own apartment.
* What could be improved?
  • Communication between the admin in Florence and students in Rome.
  • The website where excursions were posted was confusing.
  • N/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There will be ups and downs to your abroad experience and it's important to find a support network/community/ friends to enjoy the experience with.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

La Stilistica - Italian Grammar Course

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Prof. Tacchi
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: The teacher was really kind, but the course was not challenging. It would have been a great course for beginner-intermediate Italian speakers, but was not geared toward the 'advanced' Italian track.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Cultura contemporanea e questioni d’identità in Italia d’oggi

Course Department: Italian
Instructor: Allison Grimaldi Donahue
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: This course was amazing. The professor was extremely knowledgeable and organized great field trips around Rome.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

I fondamenti di Geologia

Course Department: Scienze geografiche per l'ambiente e la salute
Instructor: Fabio Trippetta
Instruction Language: Italian
Comments: This course was challenging but doable! No field trips and was mostly lecture-based.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.