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Rome study abroad programs give students the great fortune
of studying in a fascinating and beautiful location, and the Italian city is
replete with everything one needs for an invigorating study abroad experience:
quality higher education institutions, an amiable populace, thriving and lively
communities, and neighborhoods rich with culture and history. Students of many
disciplines—political science, religious studies, sociology, history,
anthropology, and many others—can all find in Rome a stimulating and telling
muse as they explore and uncover Rome’s many sights and secrets. This ancient
city awaits willing explorers with open arms.
People who study in Rome visit some of the world’s most
beloved and iconic landmarks, monuments, and museums, all while living and
studying in a culturally and politically dynamic environment. This allows for
an adventurous, pleasant, and intellectually stimulating experience, one that
ends with a collection of awesome memories and academic credit.
Rome is located half-way up Italy’s “boot” in the Lazio
region on the southwest coast of the country. The heart of Rome sits inland
along the Tiber and Aniene Rivers, and its outskirts tickle the coast of the
Tyrrhenian Sea. Rome is a hilly city with low altitudes and one of the largest
metropolitan areas in Europe.
Rome is the capital city of Italy, the Province of Rome, and
the region of Lazio. Within Rome exists the Vatican City, a country independent
of but surrounded by Rome. This in and of itself makes Rome a rarity in the
world as the only city surrounding an independent country.
While Rome was once contained by various walls (the Servian
Wall and Aurelian Walls, for example) it is currently encircled by the Grande
Raccordo Anulare, a ring-road that contains much of the city. Since the road’s
construction in the early 1960s, however, the city of Rome has grown and
expanded beyond the road’s limits.
The climate in Rome is Mediterranean with cool and humid
winters and hot and dry summers.
Italian is the official language of Italy and the majority
of people in Rome speak Italian. However, because of Rome’s large expat and
tourist population, many Italians also speak English or French. In addition,
many Italians living in Rome speak dialects of Italian that might be mistaken
for another language.
Most colleges and universities in Rome are Italian-language
schools. This means that Rome offers great study abroad options for learning
Italian and applying the language directly to one’s studies. However, many
study abroad programs in Rome also offer options for students more comfortable
learning in English and practicing Italian while exploring the city.
Because Italy is part of the European Union, Rome uses the
Euro as its official currency. In early 2014, one euro was the equivalent of
The cost of living in Rome depends on where you want to
live, what you need to get by, and how you choose to spend your money. According
people spend an average of just over $1,000 per month for a one-bedroom
apartment in Rome’s city center. Rent for a three-bedroom apartment in the city
center costs approximately $2,300. People who live outside of the city spend an
average of $700 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and approximately $1,300
for a three-bedroom apartment.
Again according to Numbeo,
basic utilities, such as electricity, heat, water, and garbage, generally cost
approximately $140 per month, and in-house internet costs approximately $30 per
month. The cost of basic groceries (milk, bread, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and
chicken, for example) is similar to the cost of moderately priced groceries in
medium to large cities in the U.S., but the actual cost of groceries of course
depends on your needs and preferences. Eating out is relatively expensive in
Rome, perhaps because of the city’s large tourist population.
Rome’s public transportation system consists of one
well-constructed railway and multiple other modes of transportation that are perhaps
not as popular. However, many people still partake in the public transportation
system. According to Numbeo,
a monthly pass costs approximately $30. Many people also choose to take taxis,
though the number of taxis available is not as high as in many other similarly
sized cities. Taxis typically charge a starting fee, kilometer fee, and waiting
fee. Gasoline in Rome costs approximately $1.80 per liter. The costs of
entertainment, clothing, and other non-essentials vary depending on your needs
The culture of Rome is rich and vibrant allowing for great
adventures and explorations. When you study in Rome, there are numerous things
you can do and see to taste the city’s culture:
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