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3.70 / 5 based on 109 reviews
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The language factor is a challenge. Learn some Italian before you come.
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Travel can be very expensive. The Euro/Dollar ratio right now is terrible.
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Telephone, Travel, Overall, Housing, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Prof. Liberto, Prof. Kirk, Prof. Gwynne, and Prof. Holmes-Duffy are all fantastic.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Make a list of American things that you love. Bring those with you. Food, health and beauty aids and such. You'll miss them more than you can anticipate. Bring a zip drive for all of your pictures.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
If you like to go out and drink, party, and go to clubs you'll fit in just fine. If you're creative, intellectual, and smart, you might want to try somewhere else. If you are applying to this school as a freshman, don't let the website fool you. It's a very tiny school with a very tiny student body. Study abroad students make up the majority of the student population. They come and go every semester. It can be rough.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have gone somewhere else.
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There are a lot of great places to go around Rome. It's hard to go wrong.
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Katie
The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
1.2/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I am a second semester resident student at AUR. First semester, I had the university arrange for my housing. It was dirty, disgusting, and in a dirty neighborhood. I'd never do it again.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Never pick "historic" anything. It's a bad choice. Get your own housing. When you have probelems, the AUR administration is apathetic.
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