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The American University of Rome

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3.70 / 5 based on 109 reviews
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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
2.5/5
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
you can easliy get by without learning Italian wi\hich is a real shame.
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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Nightlife is expensive.. caomparable to other big cities, ie NYC or Chicago. Travel was really cheap, but I did alot more of it than when I was at home. I went to a different country almost every weekend. 14 countries in all. It was a great experience. As far as telephone, its easiest to buy a cellphone here.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Housing, Travel:
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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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
They are really relaxed here. Courses I took were really easy. I hated English and Italian, but the film courses I took were Great!!! I learned alot and didnt have to worry about studying and working too hard.
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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
Just to warn you all, the administration is SOOOO unorganized and not so helpfull. Expect everything to be slow paced, and expect to figure everything out for yourself. Problems involved huge headaches trying to get the school to help.
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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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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish that I brought less stuff. I was always an over packer but I discovered that I could do a 12 day trip through 4 countries with just a standard sized backpack. You hardly need to bring anything but the very basics... when it comes to traveling youll be glad.
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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
2
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Its unorganized and a big headache, but I met people from every other english speaking university in Rome and from what I hear, they are all pretty much the same. ie john cabbot university. I guess its just the slow paced italian life style where you feel like nothign ever gets done.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
2
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Have fun and keep an open mind. Get cheap tickets on Europebyair.com, ryanair.com, and virginexpress.com. Travel as much as possiable, every country is so different and has so much to offer.... eurorails can be good, but i found alot of times its cheaper to fly everywhere if you get the cheap tickets.
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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Plces I liked were Art Cafe if you have money, Goa is a great club, Grotta Pinta and Rock Castle to chill near Campo Di Fiori, and my favorite was hanging out in Old Trastevere, they have great little bars and its mostly Italians. Stay away from Campo bars unless you like being onyl with Americans. I hate the Drunken Ship and Black and White.
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wikkidnik
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, United States
Cinematography, Undergraduate, Independent
The American University of Rome
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I loved our apt. it was really nice and newly re-done. Though the didnt provide alot that we needed. IE cleaning supplies and towels, etc. We ended up spendign alot of money on top of the ungodly cost of the apt.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Some people I know had apts that were reallly far from everything, btu we lucked out and got one right by the center, walking distance from school and the bars.
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