Recently I have been stewing a new idea in my mind. It was poured in when my Art History teacher mentioned a study abroad trip to Italy for the next fall semester. I have been wanting to do a semester abroad since before I came to college, because I want to figure out if it might be a possible permanent residence in my future. There are two main issues that keep me from totally laying my chips on the table:
1. As an equestrian studies major with a concentration in equitation and training I am supposed to take a riding class every semester. This will be a tad more difficult if I am not in the country for three months.
2. My professor said that it would cost a little less than what I pay for a semester at Rocky (which is about four grand more than the other majors cost, excluding aviation). But I am not entirely sure that my financial aid and school scholarships will cover this. I basically pay the entire regular tuition and fees with that money, without it I could not even afford to go here, let alone go to Italy.
I already had a conversation with my equine instructor/ISHA coach/advisor (aka The Almighty Chris Brown) and she told me that it would not be much trouble at all to make up my riding class. Luckily, Rocky offers summer classes; this is even better since the prices are 2/3 the price of a normal class. It also looks like the classes only take about 19 days as well, which means that I could stick around after spring semester ends and still have plenty of summer left to work.
The informational meeting for the trip is this coming Thursday and I hope that my last question can be answered, along with a few others.
1. Cost; covered by finaid and school scholarships?
2. Classes available
3. What does the average day look like?
4. Where do we stay?
– dorm or host family?
5. What can we do on weekends?
6. How do the credits transfer?
7. How much money should I bring with me?
8. How do we eat? Stipend?
9. How do Student Visas work?
10. Are any classes taught in English?
I really think that a semester abroad would be an awesome experience for me, so I really hope that it works out.