Rome is more full of good, beautiful, and holy things than any other city May 31, 2017

By (Truman State University) - abroad from 01/26/2017 to 05/17/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This is impossible to sum up entirely, but some bullet points will paint a sufficient picture: - Language proficiency gained largely from interacting with native speakers - Volunteer experience abroad - An incredible immersion in the ancient civilization I've studied for years - Wonderful opportunities to grow in my faith, even more bountiful than the number of churches in the city

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration, professors, and student life felt disorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Cleaning was provided, which was very nice, and a student showed us how appliances in the apartment worked. The university left a handy maintenance request form on the apartment computer and provided a nice booklet detailing Italian living, local services, and emergency numbers.

* Food:

The fact that they had us buy our own food was a great opportunity for cultural immersion.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Providing apartment housing in the city itself as opposed to dorms was a great way to do this.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Rome felt very safe. Just don't talk to strangers, kids, especially if they look like they want to sell you something.

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? €50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get to the grocery store ASAP rather than eating out. If you've not had to cook on your own before: learn to look at expiration dates before buying!

Language

* 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? Beginner
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? Learning the language while there (although I had begun on Duolingo but only a couple weeks prior) was a fantastic way to learn. I expected it to be intimidating, but instead it was exciting and surprisingly efficient. Make sure to engage natives in conversation. Additionally, just reading signs while out and about is a great way to pick up useful words and phrases.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Cultural immersion
  • On-site classes
  • Field trip classes
* What could be improved?
  • Better organization on the school's part
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Apply early for your visa Know which museums and sites need advance reservation Don't book trips with student travel agencies

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!