Ciao! Thinking about studying abroad in Rome or studying abroad in general but wanting to know more. Well you’ve come to the right place. Like many other students I was curious about studying abroad and was not sure what program was right for me and had a lot of questions. Even after applying to Rome I was still not sure what I was getting myself into. The purpose of this blog is to share what I have learned and give you an idea of what it is like to study abroad and how to prepare for it. Some topics I will mention are housing, language preparation, what you need to pack, the costs of studying abroad, and other important information that will help you have an excellent experience studying abroad. I hope by reading this blog you are not only inspired to study abroad but feel like you are ready for it.
Since you will be reading about my journey, I think it’s best I introduce myself. My name is Dulce Farias, I am a second year Anthropology major double minoring in Spanish and Italian. I am also a first-generation Promise Scholar. Before attending UCSB, I grew up in the underprivileged city of San Bernardino and had never traveled outside of the country. I just recently studied in Rome, Italy during the winter quarter of 2020. My reasoning behind picking Rome was that I wanted to learn a new language, I decided on Italian since I was interested in Italian culture. I specifically wanted to study abroad during winter quarter and my choices were between Rome and Florence, so I decided on Rome since it was a bigger city and I wanted to visit all of Rome’s main tourist attractions.