Arcadia Study Abroad Program in Rome

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Together with our academic partner, the Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, come experience the beauty and wonder of the Eternal City. At the Arcadia Rome Center, you will have a wealth of course options and support available to you. You will take one mandatory Cornerstone Course in addition to your choice of four electives.

Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. Excursions may include: Amalfi Coast, explore film festivals in Rome, and a trip to Roman Baths & Wine Vineyard in Viterbo.

Arcadia University opens the doors to new experiences, different academic learning, people, cultures and perspectives so you can build your own lifelong learning and memories. With Arcadia, you can: Enjoy academic success, explore a new world, get to know yourself, rely on us for support, and boost your resume.

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Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience in my life

Studying abroad with Arcadia was the best thing I could have done for myself. I had never been abroad prior to studying abroad, and Arcadia gave me the support I needed to step out of my comfort zone. I am so happy that I was able to go on this program and discover myself and form friendships I will have for a lifetime. I encourage everyone to be your authentic self and put yourself into everything you do. Put yourself out there. Try to learn Italian. Engage with professors. Travel, but don't miss class. This can easily be the best experience of your life if you want it to be.

What would you improve about this program?
As an engineer, I would only improve the program by enhancing the excursion experience for engineers. Engineers only went on excursions within Rome. While, other classes were able to go to other parts of Italy and other countries.
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An amazing last semester

I did my last semester of undergrad abroad in Rome with Arcadia. Honestly, it was the best semester of my life. I was really unhappy at my home university and found the change of scenery to be just what I needed. Overall, the program itself is great. The staff makes you feel welcome and comfortable, and since it is a relatively small program (there were about 60 students in my group), they know everyone. The classes are varied and interesting enough but not too difficult.
Rome was a really special place to live. There is a ton to do and see, and getting outside the traditional tourist areas is important. You can pretend that you're still in America and refuse to learn any Italian and stick to study abroad bars/tourist traps if you want. Or you can do it right and make an effort to learn Italian, meet local people, and actually see something other than main landmarks and tacky American bars.
Rome is a good starting location for travelling. Reasonable flights and trains to other cities/countries aren't too hard to find. I did some traveling within Europe and Italy, but not every weekend. I recommend spending time in Rome and not rushing your travels.
The area that they housed us (Garbatella/San Paolo) looks a little rough but is safe, charming, and in a convenient location. I definitely preferred living there over Trastevere. The apartments themselves are fine, not amazing though, but ours did feel like home. In terms of social life, there are a lot of bars, clubs, (coffee) bars, and piazzas where people socialize. The gay scene in Rome isn't the most vibrant (it's not Barcelona or Madrid), but it's not bad.
I was sad to leave and I plan to return to Italy, hopefully to live and work.

Random tips
-don't use TIM for cell service, Vodaphone seemed better
-figure our your banking arrangement before you leave (I have BoA and I used BNL ATMS with minimal fees)
-learn some Italian before you leave (it's not that hard)
-expect things to move slower
-watch your possessions (I was never pick-pocketed but I know people who were)
-do some solo travel

What would you improve about this program?
Orientation was a bit long and tedious.
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The Roman Rediscovery

While people often say that studying abroad is a life changing experience, before going you don't fully understand what they mean. However, my study in Rome, Italy completely changed my future, and has made me a far better person. The daily classes immersing you in the many cultures in Rome showed you different perspectives that you would not encounter upon a short visit to a place. For example, the volunteer opportunities with the poor in the city, allows you to recognize the amazing blessings in your life, and it helps you to understand why giving back is so important. Also, the travel to other cities with your class teaches you about the culture of areas far beyond Rome, and expands your thinking to those of so many different cultures. Finally, the Fridays off and the week long study break allow for time to travel on your own, and to make memories that will last a lifetime with other Americans, Italians, and many other European natives. While study abroad programs are all beneficial, Arcadia in Rome really opened my eyes to so many things, and for that I am forever greatful.

What would you improve about this program?
The separation of students in housing can be quite annoying when you want to hang out with friends who are at least a 15 minute walk away from you.
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Arcadia in Rome Review

The Arcadia in Rome program was an unbelievable experience for me. The classes were incredible, with classes both in and outside of the classroom, as well as field studies to different parts of Italy. The staff in Rome was great. They helped with whatever you needed and were always there to lend a helping hand. Of course, you cannot forget that you are in the Eternal City of Rome either. The people, scenery, and food of Rome is second to none.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would touch on is the transportation in Rome.
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Great Experience!

Classes were great, professors were cool and very knowledgeable. The best part was having class walking around the city. Apartments were perfect. Orientation and class field trips were well planned and educational.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of anything I could recommend they do better. Good amount of faculty involvement and independence. It was a little bit of a shock to be dropped off in Garbatella, which felt like the outskirts, but it was not. Maybe a little more in depth help with the bus system.