FIT offers many diverse study abroad opportunities depending on your major and how much time you want to spend abroad. Our three main categories are FIT in Italy (we have a campus in Florence), Summer/Winter Courses, and Semester Programs. Our school offers a synergy of incredible life experiences and education without boundaries in countries such as France, China, Australia, UK and so many more. The best part (which a lot of people like) is that our programs are not competitive which means we do not have limited spots. As long as you comply with the necessary requirements and can afford it (we do have scholarships for certain programs, hooray!) you are off to a life-changing journey.
Nowadays international experience is very valuable and considered an asset because of increasing globalization. In my field ITM, traveling and speaking a second language could be what makes you stand out from another candidate during an interview. With that in mind, I decided to study abroad for a second time but this time Rome would be my home. I’m now a student at the American University of Rome for this Spring 2014 semester. During my time here I will try to share with you guys snippets of my experience in Italy (hoping to motivate you) and give you an honest review of this whole adventure.
I’m one week into the program and I can definitely say this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. My apartment (yes you heard right) is located in one of the hip, historic neighborhoods Trastevere and from what I’ve heard we got the best building (I got a single room and didn’t have to pay extra for it). I have five roommates (from different colleges such as UMD and UM) which have been incredibly nice and welcoming (for now haha). Our university is located on the crest of Rome’s highest hill (250 steps and some more, iron thighs coming up) which offers a magnificent view of the city.
So far, I went to the Colosseum (the first of many), had free yoga & pilates lesson, had authentic pizza & gelato, got lost, joined the She-Wolves Soccer Team, had a cheese & wine tasting, signed up to Groupon Italia and the list goes on. In regards to my classes, I have loved them (liberal arts which I chose) and they are:
- A Moveable Feast: Writing about Food
- Comparative Politics
- Media, Art and Social Activism
- Ethics and Global Policies
This semester hopefully will allow me to grow as a human being and become much more a citizen of the world. Sometimes being away from home can make you nostalgic, but I assure you it is all part of the process. At the end of the day, everything really depends on how you look at it, sure starting over could suck, but it could also give you the freedom to become who you’ve always wanted to be.