Trip of a Lifetime Past Review

By (University of California - San Diego / UCSD) - abroad from 07/03/2017 to 08/05/2017 with

UC San Diego Global Seminars: Rome - Revelle in Rome: Humanities 3

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have gained so much more confidence and independence. I believe in myself more. It was completely worthwhile.

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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.

Our professor really understood our needs and was flexible with our work

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

ISA was fantastic. They were always there for us

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The kitchen appliances were pretty old, but other than that it was great. The apartment was close to bus stops and major attractions!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Being in the apartment made it really to be integrated with local culture!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

From what I heard from my friends, ISA was extremely helpful and the healthcare wasn't too much of a pain

* Safety:

I felt very safe. ISA prepared us well in advance what we should look out for.

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

I wish I could do it all over again. When I went, I was scared and timid for half of my program, and it took me awhile to acclimate. But once I got comfortable, I had the best time.


* 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 didn't go crazy on souvenirs, so it was fairly easy for me.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $120
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find scholarships!!! Don't buy every souvenir that you see! I would invest more in food and experiences like travelling within the country.


* 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

I had two weeks of Italian and that was pretty fun!

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? AP Spanish
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? It wasn't the most important thing to speak the language for 5 weeks. hand signals and basic English get you farther than you think in EU countries

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Flexible academics
  • Lots of free time to explore and travel
  • Access to transportation
* What could be improved?
  • More updated living conditions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew it was okay to branch out in the first week. I wish I got over myself and realized sooner that I wasn't in America anymore and I needed to let myself embrace it rather than cling to what feels comfortable

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.