AUR: Perfect place, perfect profs, perfect semester. Past Review

By (Business Administration and Management, Central Michigan University) - abroad from 01/25/2016 to 05/11/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to value and appreciate differences, in culture, food and living. I learned that a different way of doing something might actually work better, and to slow down and relax.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Thought it would be a simple semester, I learned more than I ever thought I would while abroad!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Typical Rome apartments, built to last. Any issues we had were quickly resolved!

* Food:

It's Italy, there's definitely more than pasta!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

I had the most amazing faculty, and city, while abroad. Learned far more than I was expecting, and miss the faculty already.


* 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 was told the cost of living was high, if you don't eat out all the time you can easily live in budget!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? <$40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to the fruit stands! $0.99 / Kg on apples, bananas, kiwi, carrots, lettuce and more!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Faculty
  • Size
  • Length
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation- not useful
  • Maps of the area
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring more than one jacket! Traveling around and in Rome can be chilly!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.