Una Settimana!

Trip Start May 22, 2011
Trip End Jun 24, 2011

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

In exactly one week I'll be in Chicago waiting for my plane to take me to Rome! As my departure nears, I'd thought I'd share with everyone where I'll be staying and studying, what I'll be studying, and other cities I'll be traveling to.

I'm studying at the American University of Rome, located in between the Trastevere and Monteverde neighborhoods. The university sits on top of the highest of Rome's seven hills, the Janiculum, and it has spectacular views of the city! All classes are instructed in English and the student body is comprised of international students from around the world.

I'm taking two classes, Introduction to Italian Language and Culture and Art of Rome. They both count as electives, so I'll have enough general hours to graduate. The Italian class introduces features of the Italian language needed for interaction in everyday practical situations, such as in caffès, restaurants, hotels, and shops. Cultural topics, such as Italian gestures, the Italian family, the working world, religion, and women in Italy, will also be studied in order to familiarize the student with certain aspects of contemporary Italian society and culture. Since I'm in Italy, I might as well learn about the culture!

I'm extremely excited about my art history class because it's on-site! It's an introductory art history course in the history of art and the history of Rome from its founding to present day. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture and urbanism are examined with attention to their specific historical contexts: ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and modern. I took an on-site art and architecture history class in Paris last summer, so I was so glad to be able to have the opportunity for an on-site class again!

Through my study abroad program, there are two three-day weekend excursions built in. The first, June 10-12, is to Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii. The second, June 17-19, is to Florence and San Gimagnano. These were cities I wanted to see so badly anyways, so I'm glad I'll definitely get the chance to visit them! I've already been in contact with some of my roommates hopefully we'll get to travel to other cities during our free weekends. Some of my first choices are Venice, Pisa, Siena, Assisi, and Cinque Terre.

I just got my apartment information last week. I'm living in Monteverde and I have five other roommates from my program. There are three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a large living area with a TV and a computer with free and unlimited wi-fi. I'm also bringing my laptop and purchasing an Italian cell phone so there will be plenty of opportunities to keep in contact with everyone back home! It's a 30 minute walk to school or a 25 minute bus ride, so hopefully I'll be motivated enough to work off all the pasta I'll be eating! Compared to other areas in Rome, Monteverde has less traffic and less noise, more green areas, better access to public transportation and is only about a 30 minute bus ride to the historic center of Rome. It's divided into two parts Monteverde Vecchio and Monteverde Nuovo (old and new) and has the largest park in Rome.

Lastly, this is my address, so if you need to mail me something here it is! This is my study abroad program's office address.

Emily Strickland
International Studies Abroad (ISA) 
c/o The American University of Rome
via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, ITALY
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