Making the Most Out of Studying Abroad
Nicole, Rome, Fall 2016
December 7, 2016

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.


I took this picture on one of my first wanderings around Rome. A few weeks later I learned this was the Column of Marcus Aurelius used to celebrate and show his victories.

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.


Largo Argentina which holds the ruins of 4 temples and the theater where Caesar was assassinated.

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?”


Learning about Rome means being the tour guide when friends come to visit.

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!


The walk up to the Capitoline Museum. The remains of the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus and a lot of famous sculptures and paintings are held here.


Nicole is a current student at Gustavus Adolphus College studying at John Cabot University, Italy during the Fall 2016 term.


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