Hi everybody! Welcome to a new year at Her Campus Oxy! I’m abroad this semester in Rome, Italy, and I’ll be doing a regular series at Her Campus Oxy chronicling my experiences while I’m abroad. For my first blog, I want to tell you a little about my program and what I’ll be doing while I’m here.
Oxy has a longstanding relationship with Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and every year we send a solid group of students to Trinity’s Rome Campus in Italy. The campus is located on the Aventine Hill, one of the original seven hills that Rome was built on, and it’s 15 minutes from the city center which is where you can find the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Corso shopping street, and the Il Vittoriano monument. The area has plenty of restaurants, caffes, bars, and clubs, and is safe and clean.
Technically, Trinity’s Rome Campus isn’t exactly a campus. It’s comprised of three buildings in the Aventine neighborhood that Trinity rents space from. Students live in the Hotel Major Aventinus and in the convent, which is a space shared with nuns and is where we have our group meals and some classes. We also have space in an apartment building for library services and additional classroom space. All these buildings are a 5-10 minute walk away from each other.
Students at TCRC are all from the U.S., and there is no language requirement to come study at TCRC. We all take Italian classes, and aside from language classes there are a variety of classes in the subject areas of art, art history, history, politics, international relations, and cultural studies. I love all my classes so far, and expect to learn a lot. Each class has its own trips to various places in Rome, Italy, and Europe that relate to the class material. For example, my Michelangelo class goes to Florence, and my European Union class goes to Brussels.
Over the next few months I’m hoping to write a lot about my experiences abroad, both here and at my personal blog madimichelangelo.blogspot.com. Leave a comment below and let me know if there’s anything you’re interested in hearing about!
Photo Source: Madi Tsuji