Rome By the Numbers

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IES Abroad
May 12, 2015


The numbers don’t lie—our Study Rome: Language & Area Studies Program offers some pretty cool study abroad experiences.

Here’s a little more detail about the numerals above:

CXIX (119): The number of course-related excursions in Rome per semester (included in program cost)
For example, there are 16 excursions in and around Rome for our course Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome, including educational visits to:

  • Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • Sacred Area of largo Argentina
  • Sculptor Peter Rockwell’s studio

LX (60): The number of interns placed at host organizations in the last year
IES Abroad Rome has a number of unique and interesting placements, from Archeology to Finance. Here are a few recent placements:

  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna 
    The National Gallery of Modern Art was established in 1883 and currently has the largest collection of modern art in Italy, housing more than 5,000 paintings and sculptures. Our recent intern worked in the Communications Office, translating the website and museum guides and assisting in event management.
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali
    A non-profit organization, and the premiere Italian think tank. Our recent intern assisted the editor in the publication of a quarterly International Relations journal.
  • Rome Independent Film Festival
    The Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Rome's first independent and international film festival. Our recent intern helped the staff organize the event and was able to attend the festival.

XXX (30): The number of activities organized by Italian Student Companions (ISCs)
Students who chose to live in apartments share them with other IES Abroad students and have the option of living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian student who provides opportunities to engage in local cultural activities. Some examples include: Dinners, walking tours, and cultural activities that help our students learn about life in Rome from a local perspective.

XIII (13): The number of day trips outside of Rome per year (included in program cost)
In addition to the course-related excursions offered within Rome, there are also 13 day trips outside of the city, including:

XXXII (32): The number of students who lived with host families in the heart of Rome in the last year
Located in the heart of the city, our homestays generally house one to two students. They receive breakfast daily and have the option of sharing three evening meals each week with their host family. They get to live with and like a Roman, and practice their language skills. Students can even opt to sign an Italian-only language pledge with their roommates or homestay family.

X (10): The number of guest lectures per year
Guest lectures are an important part of IES Abroad’s commitment to experiential learning. For example, in our Organized Crime in Italy: Mafias, Murders & Business course, there are three guest lectures on combatting Mafia in Italy:

  • Col. Romi DIA (Anti-Mafia Investigation Department)
  • LIBERA, Italian association against Mafia
  • On. Rosanna Scopelliti, Italian politician
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