Orientation: ISA arranges an airport pick-up in Rome for all students arriving on the scheduled date and time. After settling in and unpacking, students will enjoy a few days of orientation, with scheduled sessions and events with ISA staff and at AUR. ISA will provide tours of the city and introduce students to the historical context of their host country and city.
Housing: All students live in shared, fully-furnished apartments in the neighborhoods of Trastevere, Monteverde, and Gianicolense within a 30-minute commute of AUR. All three neighborhoods are on the west side of the city and tend to be a bit quieter and to incorporate more green spaces than other areas in the city. They are also quite close to the historic center of Rome and are conveniently located for access to public transportation. The buildings are not student housing and usually there will only be a couple student apartments mixed in with apartments owned by local Italians. This offers students the opportunity to truly do as the Romans do and experience authentic, daily life in the city.
Most apartments have 2-3 bedrooms, and a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Bedrooms are all doubles and all apartments are single sex. Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed (per student), bed linens and towels, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Desks, when available, are to be shared by all occupants. Each student is expected to provide his/her own paper and cleaning products as well as replacing light bulbs. All apartment units include a washing machine, and a computer that is connected to the internet via a cable modem.
Meals: There is no meal plan for this program. Students are expected to use the shared kitchens in their apartments and to buy groceries and cook meals.
Computers and Internet: In addition to the computer in each apartment, students also have computers and wireless access at the ISA office, and computer labs and wireless access at AUR.
ISA Office: The ISA office in Rome has a “homey” and welcoming feel. In the office, students have access to free wireless internet, a meeting room and lounge, television, DVD and CD player, a library of travel, academic and city specific resources, computers and a kitchen facility.
Activities: The ISA staff offer regular cultural activities in Rome for program students—these activities vary term to term but might involve meeting locals and practicing Italian, sampling Italian cuisine, and participating in local festivals and events. Students also have access to the activities available through AUR, which has a range of student clubs and organizations.
Excursions: In addition to the course-related field trips, ISA also includes day and overnight excursions to locations of interest in Italy. While excursions vary term to term, past locations include the island of Capri, the town of Sorrento, the ruins in Pompeii, Florence and the Chianti region, and the medieval hill towns of central Italy. In addition, students can also participate in excursions offered through AUR—these are an additional cost but are subsidized by the University so are offered at a great, discount price.
Athletics: AUR has a few sports clubs that visiting students may join. There is not a gym at the University but staff at ISA can assist students in finding a local gym to join if they wish.