Why did you decide to study abroad with AIFS at Richmond in Rome?
Britani: I decided to study abroad with AIFS at Richmond in Rome because you get so much out of the program. As a student on a budget I was looking to get the most for my money. The basic trip included three days in London, two weeks in Florence, a trip to Venice, Capri, Pompeii, and Naples. In addition there were excursions to Pisa, Tivoli, and other places outside of Rome.
Second to money was if I would be comfortable with the program and the staff. The director at my school had only good things to say about the Richmond staff. Students in the past had been able to easily get in contact with them and they were there to help them every step of the way.
What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Britani: This study abroad experience was unique in that the group that went was large enough that you had other Americans to hang out with, but it didn't always have to be the same people. On the other hand it was small enough so that you wither knew or could recognize everyone on the trip. Which is helpful in a city full with Americans studying abroad, especially if you get lost on an excursion.
The staff helped to make this trip special as well. The directors were willing to help whenever you needed it, whether it was trying to find a site in the city, or else where, or if something in your apartment went wrong. This happened to my roommates and myself, but the housing director was able to ensure that the landlord knew it wasn't our fault and we didn't have to pay anything extra.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Britani: This experience has impacted my life in a major way. As a quiet person, going to a country that speaks another language and having to survive almost on my own has boosted my confidence. As an international studies major I dream of working abroad. After this experience I know that I am prepared to go any where and I know that I will be able to be safe and maneuver my way through any city I find myself in. I can't wait to go back!