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4 Things to Prepare For Studying in Colleges in Rome

6 NOV 2013
Career Path : Travel and Tourism

There’s no question that studying abroad is an exciting experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. However, there are a few ways in which studying in Rome will be different than studying in the U.S. The key is to be prepared and know what to expect. Consider these four things you should know before you take off on your exciting adventure.

1 – Know When and Where to Shop

In Rome, grocery stores are called “alimentary” and there you can buy everything you’d need, including spices, hygiene products, meat, fresh produce, and convenience items. There are numerous large chain stores that will be similar to what you’re used to in the U.S., and there are also smaller stores within neighborhoods. You can also purchase your fruits and vegetables from open air markets, which also have household goods. Tabacchi shops are on virtually every corner and that’s where you can buy phone cards to call back home, bus tickets to get around in Rome, as well as stamps.

The hours at Italian businesses are different than the typical 9 – 5 you’re used. You’ll find most shops will open at 9:30 AM, close at 1 PM and open again from 4 – 7 PM. Some businesses have Monday morning and/or Wednesday/Thursday afternoon closures. Different types of businesses will have different hours, so be sure to check with the specific location you’re planning to visit.

2 – Decide Whether or Not to Open an Italian Bank Account

You’ll find it much more convenient to have an Italian bank account while you’re studying there, but in order to open one you must have a valid stay permit as well as an Italian national ID number, known as a codice fiscale. Obtaining these things can be quite a hassle and can be expensive. As a result, you may find it’s not worth it to open one. Visa and Mastercard are both widely accepted and generally offer good exchange rates. Just make sure that your ATM is authorized for international use before you leave the States.

3 – Learn About Transportation Options

For the most part, when you study in Italy you’ll find it easiest to use the bus for transportation. Rome also has trams and a 2-line metro system. You can find bus stop information and departure schedules on signs throughout the city, or at their website. Typically the blue, green, and orange line buses and trams will run from 5 in the morning until midnight. You can buy bus tickets at many locations, including some newsstands and coffee bars. Options include a 75-minute ticket, monthly pass, weekly pass, and 3-day pass.

4 – Understand the Local Laws

Colleges in Rome will provide international students with the necessary information regarding local laws. For example, it is legal for Italian police to ask you for your identification for any reason. As a result, you must always have your international passport on you.

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