Being in Europe is absolutely incredible. You get to experience cultures different than your own, eat AMAZING food, and travel to places that you’ve only ever imagined (or seen on Pinterest). Living over here is wonderful, but they don’t call it “Studying Abroad” for nothing.
As much as you don’t want to believe it, you will have to take classes abroad. You will have homework to do, essays to write, and tests to take. Yes, you’ll have to do work, so why not take a class that will add to your experience abroad? I am lucky enough to go to John Cabot University where I am currently taking an on-site class called Ancient Rome and Its Monuments. This class has been exciting, challenging, and extremely informative and I am so happy to be taking it.
My class meets once a week for three hours at different locations around Rome. One week we may be meeting at the Roman Forum, the next week we may be meeting at the Pantheon, and another week we may be meeting at the Capitoline Museums- it all depends on what we are covering that week. I’ve learned about how various monuments, temples, and public spaces have been made. I’ve learned about the progression of rulers and how they have each impacted the history of Rome. Most importantly, I’ve learned more about the city I am living in which has greatly added to my experience. I love being the person who can answer the question, “Does anyone even know what that is?”
Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you want to make the most out of every minute. Choosing a class that will help you learn about the history, culture, and experiences of your host city will most definitely do that. Happy studying!
Nicole is a current student at Gustavus Adolphus College studying at John Cabot University, Italy during the Fall 2016 term.