I can't say enough great things about this program and this school. My goal ever since I was four years old was to learn a second language and in 8 months I went from not being able to speak a full sentence, to conversing with Romans all over the city! I can't count the number of times that an Italian had asked me how long I had been speaking Italian for, and when I answered "only 7-8 months" their jaws would drop and they would reply "E parli così bene?" (And you speak this well?)
I had been to Italy before this trip and found the Italian people so welcoming, kind, helpful, and it really felt like home. The school's location made going sightseeing before or after lessons very easy as well; it is only five minutes to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Piazza Venezia! The school is small, but very well maintained and very modern, so you can expect to watch films, listen to music, and use the internet during classes as well; making the learning experience well-rounded, and helping with your immersion into the culture!
Of course, the best thing about this program are the teachers. They are not only incredibly talented and intelligent, but caring, fun, and helpful. I was as much friends with them as with my fellow classmates and am looking forward to staying in touch with them all!
I can still hardly believe that in only 8 months I was able to go from a level A1 student (a beginner on the CEFR language scale) to a C1 student (intermediate-advanced)! I was also given the opportunity to take the official CELI language exam in the middle of my course to be internationally certified in Italian!
EF Roma gave me the experience of a lifetime. I can't recommend this school highly enough. If you want to learn a second language, immersion classes through the EF program is the way to learn!
In bocca al lupo a tutti!