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Rome - Student Experiences

Maddie Cowey about her experience at La Sapienza - 2017/18

‘The year abroad in Rome for me was an opportunity to learn invaluable new skills, embrace a different culture and language, travel and meet lots of interesting people from all over the world. The challenges along the way were plentiful, and I found the exams especially hard being extremely out of my comfort zone, however they all grew my strength of character and confidence, and my experience at the University improved my independence. My favourite experiences throughout the year were when I travelled around Italy, exploring the different cities, their architecture, food, and traditions. I would definitely say make wise use of your free time whilst on your year abroad, and if you go to Rome make use of the wealth of museums and sites, there is so much to do and see and a year is not even long enough to do it all! I couldn't recommend studying abroad enough, and Rome in particular is a phenomenal city to study in.’

Madie Cowey Forum

Becky Rolfe about her experience at La Sapienza - 2017/18

'My year studying in Rome was such an amazing experience! Since my interests mainly lie in ancient art and architecture, it provided me with so many opportunities to see physical artefacts up close in many of Rome’s fantastic museums, as well as study archaeology modules at La Sapienza Università di Rome from a different perspective to that at Warwick. The university was a good chance to experience a completely different academic culture, and certainly while this was difficult at times, especially in regards to exams, it was also great way to meet Italian students and improve my Italian! Away from studying, I was able to travel around both the north and the south of the country and visit some amazing sights (a personal highlight for me was finally seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa!), as well as meet up with the other Warwick students in Bologna, which was really fun.The whole experience has boosted my confidence, and I’ve made some brilliant new friends and memories!'

Zoe Baker about her experience at La Sapienza - 2017/18

‘For me, it was a real privilege to be able to study at Sapienza Università di Roma, since it was ranked number 1 in the world for Classics in the QS World Rankings 2018! The variety of modules that were offered was much larger than at Warwick, and so I was able to study diverse academic subjects such as the Neolithic period or Renaissance Art that I would not have otherwise been able to do back at Warwick. The university was sometimes challenging, given that the exams were in another language and that it was difficult to get hold of library resources, but overall the experience was unforgettable and completely worth it.’

Zoe Baker La Sapienza


Maddie Cowey Colosseum

Maddie in front of the Colosseum.


Becky, inspired by Augustus' famous Prima Porta statue in the galleries of the Vatican.