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3.70 / 5 based on 109 reviews
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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
5.0/5
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
Italian, aside from being one of the most beautiful languages spoken on this earth, was not very hard to pick up because the natives would help you with your language skills and encouraged the use of it. I was very fortunate to become friends with locals and have my family that lives there. This was the best for me, practice really does help.
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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Government assistance
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Less because I ate pizza or bought food from the market and it turned out to be a lot cheaper. I wasn't on the phone as much as I am here in the states. How could I be I was in Rome!! Housing was just a lot more then my apartment here in Buffalo. Being that I am from New York the nightlife is really expensive, although Rome could get a little pricey at times it wasn't nearly as bad. Travel is obviously going to be expensive with trains and planes. Go to RYANAIR.COM, thebest for intercontinental flights in Europe!
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Travel, Housing, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Nightlife, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Save the shopping till the end because you will want that money for food and travel!!
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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Take any one of Professor Terry Kirk's classes, his enthusiasm for art and history of italy is like no other!! :)
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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
This university needs more computers. Waiting online for a computer was probably the worst part of the academic life aspect. Over all though it was a nice change for me coming from such a big university.
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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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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
4.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
That I would want to stay for another semester.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Try to learn where all the internet cafe's are because the computer lab is so small and it's hard to get access to the internet and write those papers!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
GO TO ROME!!! IT'S BASICALLY ONE BIG MUSEUM FULL OF TONS OF THINGS TO SEE AND UNBELIEVEABLE PEOPLE TO MEET...BELLISIMO!!! A ROMA MI MANCA MOLTISSIMO!!!
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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
0.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I am a huge jazz fan so I hit up the jazz clubs. Alexanderplatz was by the vatican, Gregory's Jazz Club, behind the spanish steps, La Palma Club, and various other venues for live music around the city. Rome has a great scene for live music, specifically jazz.
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mjp22
State University of New York, Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Communication and Information Sciences, Undergraduate, University Agreement
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I would prefer to live in a much cheaper apartment that might be a little closer to the centro storico.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The housing was not awful by any means, except the cost was a little ridiculous. The apartment I stayed in could really use a make over all the furniture had to be circa 1972 or something. Aside from that it was definitely liveable and spacious
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