Roma: Amazing Experience with Life Adjustments Past Review

By (Communication and Philosophy, Boston College) for

The American University of Rome: Rome - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was amazing, despite its ups and downs. I was easily able to travel from Rome and see A LOT of European big cities. I also was able to learn about italian culture and living situations, as well as political outlook.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

AUR had a lighter course-load and easier work in comparison with my home university, Boston College. However, I really enjoyed the break from grueling work in order to travel and see the world, learning through experience along the way. I will say, though, that my Italian Intermediate course was one of the best Italian courses I have ever taken.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

AUR is an extremely small university, so, understandably so, it does not have as many resources as a larger university would. I would have wanted to see an increased amount of support services. I would also suggest more events like the farewell event so that students can socialize and establish better relationships, because, with travel, it is difficult to get to know people. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my semester abroad and LOVED the Tuscan day trip!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

AUR does not provide a meal plan, but Italy has AMAZING food :).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The tuscan day trip was a wonderful way to experience wine tasting in the vineyards of Sienna!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Definitely always use a buddy system. Rome is a big city with a lot of theft as well as creepy guys that, at times, follow you.

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

Language acquisition improvement?

There was no language requirement, but I took Italian Intermediate. I practiced with everyone and anyone who was willing to speak with me. I did use Italian in most interactions in order to help me improve my skills.

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

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Accessibility to the city
  • Being able to travel easily
  • FOOD
* What could be improved?
  • Grouping student apartments closer together
  • Social events
  • Support Services