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The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad

Program Evaluation

Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
Between the information in the packet that Dr. Bianchelli and Dr. Greg gave us and the information provided to us on the UGA study abroad website, I felt more than prepared to go abroad.
Summer 2016 Participant
The orientation materials were extremely thorough and very helpful!
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
We were provided a thorough itinerary and syllabus, plus reading assignments and other materials in a timely manner before our trip.
Summer 2017 Participant
They were extremely helpful. It was nice to be able to hear experiences from other students and to be able to meet everyone face to face.
Summer 2017 Participant
The orientation details were helpful
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
Beyond making sure that we knew where the pharmacies were in each of our locations, Dr. Greg and Bianchelli were incredibly helpful and showed great concern for our health and safety.
Summer 2017 Participant
Never ran into a situation where it was needed
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
I never felt like I was in any danger more serious than potentially being pick-pocketed.
Summer 2016 Participant
! The accommodations were incredible, and the staff was always hospitable. I always felt completely safe everywhere we went!
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
At no time did I not feel safe in our environment. We had been given information ahead of time on avoiding certain situations and preventing incidents such as pick-pocketing, etc. As far as I know, nobody on the program experienced any problem of this type.
Summer 2017 Participant
The hotel ercoli is in a nice area and all the places we went to were safe areas as wel
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
The program was designed to help us learn and explore, and the workload and class schedule both reflected that exceptionally.
Summer 2016 Participant
It was a wonderful learning experience, and the assignments were always very reasonable in length and depth. We were given enough work to keep us engaged with learning, but not so much that we could not go out and explore the wonderful culture surrounding us.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
This was an outstanding academic experience, with very high quality lectures and a very appropriate number and level of assignments and special projects. The finals were rigorous (as they should be) but fair, based on our lectures and reading assignments.
Summer 2017 Participant
There was a good amount of work involved with this program, but because it was all in my major area, I loved doing it. The readings were interesting and quite amusing.
Summer 2017 Participant
Absolutely blown away by the quality of instruction given to the class by Chris Gregg. He is a man who is beyond passionate about the subject he teaches, and he wants everyone to walk away from this trip as a better, smarter, more mature individual.
Summer 2017 Participant
The workload fits right into what you are learning and helps solidify that information in your memory.
Caitlin Mary Yarde, Summer 2017 Participant
We did enough work throughout the program that we all came out having learned an incredible amount of information. At the same time we never had so much work that it took away from the experience of living in Rome.
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
The choices of the excursions were wonderful! They appealed to my adventurous side, and I learned a lot! It's also great for students who don't have the funds to take independent trips on the weekends.
Summer 2016 Participant
We saw so many things; it was such a wonderful experience! The excursions and independent site visits were filled with learning and enjoyment. It was amazing!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Highly enjoyed visiting Paestum and staying overnight. The hotel was great and being able to have time to enjoy the beach was fantastic. Recommend making this a permanent stop of future program trips!
Summer 2016 Participant
Perfect
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
I was extremely impressed by the obvious thought and planning that went into organizing the program. It was extremely well-rounded, and included a wide variety of sites and excursions, all of which tied very nicely into the overall themes of the lectures. This program combined three classes, and yet was organized in such a way that everything blended together into a comprehensive and fascinating whole, while also providing a thorough understanding of each class on its own.
Summer 2017 Participant
Every trip was an amazing experience. Dr. Gregg and Dr. Bianchelli never disappoint.
Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017 Participant
I loved everywhere we went.
Summer 2017 Participant
The excursions were all amazing and the locations were beautiful and there was so much to learn at each one.
Caitlin Mary Yarde, Summer 2017 Participant
We went to so many places on this trip that many people will never get to go to. Every excursion was relevant and worth it.
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
The staff at the Ercoli are really nice and personable. I felt well cared-for, and the wonderful people who work there helped make my experience in Rome that much more enjoyable.
Summer 2016 Participant
It was perfect! By the end of the trip, the Hotel Ercoli felt like home!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Love the Ercoli so much but it is old so the elevator is tricky and the AC and wifi also have some problems. We attributed that to the fact that there were more students this year than previous years and we kept overloading the wifi and AC unit. But the staff is fantastic and so is the food and neighborhood so it was worth it.
Summer 2017 Participant
It was very annoying to have to deal with cold showers for an extended period of time. I am unsure what took so long to have the problem fixed but that was the main issue.
Summer 2017 Participant
The hotel ercoli was nice and cleaned regularly
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
I was worried about not getting enough to eat because I'm a vegetarian, but I was pleasantly surprised to find food for me everywhere we went. The Ercoli staff even made vegetarian meals for me! It was all delicious!
Summer 2016 Participant
The food was always wonderful!
Summer 2017 Participant
He is an amazing chef, and I could eat his cooking all day long.
Summer 2017 Participant
Everything was really good except for the tuna pasta.
Summer 2017 Participant
Flavio did a great job at cooking us good meals every day
Summer 2016 Participant
Being able to get out of class around one in the afternoon and be free to explore the city was the greatest opportunity. It was an incredible experience.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
We were able to interact on a daily basis with the local culture through our visits to various sites. In addition we were given the opportunity to attend cultural events, such as the ballet and opera. We also had a good amount of free time in which to explore the culture in our own way.
Summer 2017 Participant
Dr. Bianchelli was really good about explaining local events that were going on and giving us information/tips on where to find fun things to do.
Summer 2017 Participant
We got a chance to go to local grocery stores, etc., which got us a first hand look into their culture.
Summer 2016 Participant
They were always so helpful and had everything figured out. They were awesome!
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
Dr. Bianchelli and Dr. Gregg are a perfect team for this program. They were prepared at all times, did an outstanding job of herding a large group of students through Rome and other sites, and were always available if and when we needed help. In addition, the lectures they both gave were of the highest academic quality and were also extremely interesting and entertaining. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with how they conducted the program!
Summer 2017 Participant
Dr. Gregg and Professor Bianchelli did a phenomenal job at managing this program
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
I'm registered with the Disability Resource Center, and both Dr. Bianchelli and Dr. Greg were incredibly considerate, patient, and helpful. I felt that I got the most out of my experience, and they did a great job making sure of that.
Summer 2016 Participant
The professors were always willing to answer questions or help you find a store or restaurant, or even to give you suggestions on things to do. I could not imagine having anyone else there to guide us through those summer weeks.
Summer 2016 Participant
Professors were amazing in every aspect.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
They were always happy and willing to help out in any way they could.
Summer 2017 Participant
If there was ever a problem, Dr. Bianchelli and Dr. Gregg were both willing to help however they could. They were essentially our trip parents.
Summer 2017 Participant
The staff did a great job at making sure we understood the material
Summer 2016 Participant
It was honestly a priceless experience! I cannot wait to go back to Italy!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
No doubt about it, this program is worth the money. I'll never have another opportunity to spend that much time in a country that I love so much so I'm thankful for the debt!
Summer 2016 Participant
For me, this program was priceless.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
This was worth every penny, and was a life-changing experience! This is the best way to learn and I wish every student could have the study abroad experience.
Summer 2017 Participant
It was a big expense, but I believe it was well worth it for the experiences I gained. Plus, the department offers many different scholarships to help with the cost of the program.
Summer 2017 Participant
This program is worth any amount of money.
Summer 2017 Participant
This program is absolutely worth it
Summer 2016 Participant
It was everything I expected and so much more!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Better than I could have imagined! I did things and had experiences I didn't think I would have and made some excellent friends while doing it. We even climbed up Mt. Vesuvius, not everyone can say that they've done that.
Summer 2016 Participant
My expectations were unrealistically high and were still blown away.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
The program went beyond my expectations in just about every way!
Summer 2017 Participant
The program completely exceeded my expectations. It was the best six weeks of my life.
Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017 Participant
A+
Summer 2017 Participant
This program surpassed my expectations
James Kozol Wojtal, Summer 2017 Participant
I loved how we were immersed in the learning, as well as in learning about Rome. I didn't expect to be confident traveling abroad, but this program helped me learn how to do that.
Caitlin Mary Yarde, Summer 2017 Participant
I got so much more out of this program than I expected to. I got to go to so many more places outside of Rome and see so many places inside of Rome that I never knew existed.
Summer 2016 Participant
None
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Dr.Gregg and Dr.Bianchelli are fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better people to introduce me to Italy. Dr.Gregg gives amazing lectures and provided so much information about everything that we saw. I would love to take him with me every time I traveled so he could give me information about those places too! Dr. Bianchelli is amazingly sweet and kind but she is also incredibly knowledgeable. I highly enjoyed learning some Italian from her, discussing plant life and accompanying her to the ballet. I'd like to thank them for an unforgettable once in a lifetime trip and wish them luck on future program trips!
Summer 2016 Participant
Dr. Gregg and Dr. Bianchelli are the greatest!
Summer 2017 Participant
I wish I could go on the trip again.
Summer 2017 Participant
I would have appreciated have exams in the morning so that I could have the rest of the day to explore the city. It was odd having them in the middle of the afternoon.
Summer 2017 Participant
Amazing overall experience
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
I would recommend to future participants to figure out ahead of time what they want to see and what they want to get out of the experience. Don't leave it up to others when it comes to planning your own adventures. Try your best to accomplish all that you want to.
Summer 2016 Participant
No matter how much money you think you are going to spend or limit yourself to spending, you are wrong. Make sure you bring double of what you originally thought, simply because it's Italy! You are going to spend so much money on gelato, souvenirs, pizza and pasta, and outside trips, but it is all worth it in the end!
Summer 2016 Participant
Make plans as early as possible!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, comfy shoes and plenty of stuff to deal with blisters. Also recommend buying your own wifi hot spot so you don't have to deal with slow wifi at the hotel because it gets spotty when everyone gets on at the same time. Remember to pack lightly but efficiently because you will buy a lot of stuff, pack a water bottle and make sure it clips onto something because its annoying to carry it all day. Small notebooks for note taking or just use your phone and also be prepared to visit churches that require you to cover up.
Summer 2016 Participant
Please take the pre-reqs and come in prepared to fully experience the Classical world.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
I would recommend this program to anyone, of almost any age. Being an older student myself, I was concerned about whether I could keep up with the group. Students should be aware that it's a strenuous program, sometimes rather grueling for someone in their 50's, but I did it! There is so much more in addition to the quality learning that students will get from the program, both culturally and personally. I do think that the Wi-fi issue needs to be addressed in the future, if possible.
Summer 2017 Participant
I would tell future participants to make sure they go to Florence during the long weekend. It is well worth it.
John Conrad Newton, Summer 2017 Participant
Keep an open mind, keep a journal and dont abuse the wifi
Summer 2017 Participant
Advice: be prepared to get your steps in and pack plenty of clothes that are comfortable for walking 5 miles a day.
James Kozol Wojtal, Summer 2017 Participant
It is totally doable to be vegetarian, but it takes some planning, and willingness to talk to Prof. Bianchelli and Flavio.
Caitlin Mary Yarde, Summer 2017 Participant
If you are even considering this program please go, it was absolutely life changing and you will never get an opportunity like this again.
Anna Marie Davis, Summer 2016 Participant
For every college student, it boils down to this: What do you want to get out of your college experience? There's a lot of really great opportunities in a lot of different places. Studying abroad can be really exciting and insightful, and programs like the UGA Classics Study Abroad Program are set up to help you make the most of your time at college. Consider it if you can. Adventure and academics make for a fantastic pair.
Summer 2016 Participant
UGA Classics in Rome is the opportunity of a lifetime. You will learn so much about Roman culture and history, about Italian culture, and in the end about yourself. You will gain wonderful new friendships that will lasts forever, and the memories will be the types of stories you tell your grandkids one day. In other words, it's more than worth it!
Summer 2016 Participant
Go abroad! You won't regret it!
Jessica Ann Mintz, Summer 2016 Participant
Just go for it. It may seem like a lot of money, but it is beyond worth it in the end.
Summer 2016 Participant
Rome really becomes your home for six weeks, and it was the most amazing experience!
Summer 2016 Participant
A beautiful city with amazing instruction and excursions; the best decision of my collegiate career.
Laura Jeanne White, Summer 2016 Participant
Students will get so much more than they imagine out of study abroad, and especially this program!
Summer 2017 Participant
This program was a life changing experience. I felt immersed in the history and the modern legacy of the ancient Romans. If I could go on this trip again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Georgianne Cushmore, Summer 2017 Participant
"Rome feels like home."
Summer 2017 Participant
Applying to UGA Classics in Rome was one of the best decisions I ever made. The program was life-changing and allowed me to experience things I never would have otherwise.
John Conrad Newton, Summer 2017 Participant
Good time for anyone who wants an adventure in Italy and learn a lot a bit about classics.
Summer 2017 Participant
One of the best academic experiences I've ever had. Chock full of interesting material, an amazing introduction to contemporary and ancient Italian culture, and a great teaching staff.
Summer 2017 Participant
This program taught me so much about the history and culture of Rome
Summer 2017 Participant
I don't know why anyone would go on a different program. This was the best 6 weeks of my college career.
James Kozol Wojtal, Summer 2017 Participant
This program taught me how to operate in another culture, to learn everywhere I go, and to trust myself even in unfamiliar environments.
Caitlin Mary Yarde, Summer 2017 Participant
This program will make you a more independent and mature person. The life lessons you will learn, the friends you will meet, and the memories you will make are absolutely priceless.

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