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Eva enjoys an afternoon at the Coliseum.

Overseas Study Program

Rome,  Italy

Make sure you take advantage of any internship or community involvement programs you are offered. It’s the best way to really feel at home and comfortable in your new country!”

Eva DeBoni

Eva’s majors: History and Italian

Term abroad: Spring 2010

Reason You Chose this Program: I knew I wanted to go to Italy because Italian is my major, and Rome is full of ancient history, perfect to compliment my other major, history.

Favorite classes: My internship class, which met once a week in addition to the hours I spent at my internship placement. We learned about differences in Italian and American culture, social aspects of Italian culture and social issues in current Italy.

Describe the housing situation: I lived in an apartment with three other girls; two girls from my program and one Italian student (called an ISC—Italian student companion).

Best memory: My program took the students to Venice for a weekend in late April, and my friend Ashley and I spent the whole weekend exploring the city and looking for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, who were there filming a movie. We finally gave up…and later found out our other friend had accidently found the movie set late one night!

Biggest surprise: I really, really didn’t need all the clothes and appliances I brought.  Most of everything I needed I could find in Italy, and even if it was a little different, it was more fun to use the Italian brands.

What I wish I knew before I left: How important it is to travel on the weekends. The transportation is efficient and affordable. You can take the train to anywhere. I went to Paris, Pompeii, the Amalfi cost, Venice, Rome, Naples. Weekend traveling was like 4-day history classes. The excursions were cool, too, because you go to towns that people haven't heard of; you see the side of rural Italy. And the best meals I had were on the excursions.

Complete this sentence: If I could do it over, I would... take more Italian classes. You'll never have another chance to be so completely immersed in another culture.

What you know now that you didn’t know before studying abroad: You can see how dynamic history is, how civilizations of the past defintely have influenced the present.

Experiences with culture shock or reverse culture shock: It's not considered a big deal if people are a little late in Italy, it's part of the culture. My first meeting with my professor that oversaw my internship was a stressful experience because she was 15 minutes late, and I was so worried that I had missed her or that I was at the wrong place.

Fact about your host country that you think people would be surprised to learn: Vodka sauce, alfredo sauce and chicken parmesan are not Italian, you can only find them here in America.