Study & Travel (Multi-Destination) Programs

Criminal Justice in Rome and London: Living Abroad

AIFS in Rome Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Rosanna Graziani

The Rome Study Center of Richmond
Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle 6
00186 Rome, Italy

Phone: (39) 06 6813 6104
Email: r.graziani@richmondinrome.it

Ciao! I have been with AIFS since 1995; first in Florence, and then in Rome. I received my Laurea (MA Hons) in Humanities from the University of Florence and a post degree diploma in Museum studies from the University of Perugia. I studied abroad as a student, spending time in France, Spain and the U.K. I love yoga and travelling and I have visited many countries including the U.S., the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa , India and Russia.

Each semester is a new adventure and what I love the most is to see Rome through your eyes and to hear about your stories and discoveries in our beautiful country. Together with my colleagues I look forward to advising and supporting you throughout one of the most empowering experiences of your life.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

AIFS in London Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Sarah Plumley

AIFS, Dilke House
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7JN

Phone: (44) 207 636 0761
Email: splumley@aifs.co.uk

Born and raised on the north-Norfolk coast in the east of England, I studied French and Spanish at university, and was fortunate to spend my third year studying abroad in Barcelona and Paris, which was an incredible experience. I have worked for AIFS since graduation, and have worked on our customized study abroad programs in Spain and France, and now in London. I am fascinated by the U.S., and this summer ticked off my 26th state while road-tripping up the East Coast. (24 to go!) In my spare time I like going to live comedy and concerts, finding new brunch spots in the city, baking, and planning my next travel adventure! I love living in north London and working in Bloomsbury, and can't wait to share the best of the capital with you while you're studying at UCL!

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Living in Rome

HOUSING

During your time in Rome, you will live in either a shared room in an apartment or with an Italian family. Rooms are shared with another AIFS student. All housing includes Internet access and weekly cleaning. All program arranged accommodation is carefully selected in safe, central, agreeable areas of the city and you will have the opportunity to live like a resident of Rome, to get to know your Italian neighbors as well as discover your favorite places for pasta, coffee or gelato. All apartments are located within a 30-minute travel time (by metro, bus and/ or foot) to the Study Center. You should budget approximately 40 euros for an unlimited monthly pass on the bus and underground system.

Students are required to fill in the housing form available online at www.richmondinrome.it to specify accommodation requests.

Apartments
Apartments are located in different areas of the city center, in buildings where Italians live. By living in an Italian residence, and not in a dorm, you will be immersed in the Italian way of life and have the opportunity to establish relationships with other Italian natives. Each apartment is privately owned and is unique in atmosphere, size, design, facilities, floor plan, and number of bedrooms. A typical apartment will be shared with 2 to 7 other AIFS-Richmond students. Apartments are fully equipped with: Internet, kitchen supplies, furnishings, blankets, two sets of sheets per student, washing machine.

Homestay
As a guest within an Italian family you will have your own key to the apartment to come and go as you wish. A large number of Italian apartments are occupied by a single person, so you are likely to be housed with a single woman or professional couple. Living with an Italian family gives you invaluable cultural insight and fast progress with the Italian language.

MEALS

The meal plan is one of the highlights of the Rome program, with almost 100% of students rating it “excellent” or “good” every semester. Valued at approximately $550 as well as being incredible value for money it gives you a unique opportunity to experience Italian food culture, dining alongside locals in selected restaurants or shopping in neighborhood grocery stores. In addition to occasional group meals and tastings, you will receive meal vouchers to subsidize breakfast and lunch or dinner Monday through Friday. These can be used all over Italy, giving you the flexibility to eat out or pool resources and cook in your apartment or homestay with your fellow students.

Living in London

HOUSING

Students are housed in double rooms with local homestay families. For a supplement of $795 you can choose to live in a residence with other students.

MEALS

Homestay students receive daily breakfast in the homestay and will have access to the kitchen for preparing other meals. Students in both homestays and residences receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing lunch or dinner Monday through Friday. The meal allowance is provided in the form of a debit card for use in local grocery stores and restaurants. This is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of meals in expensive restaurants.

UCL FACILITIES

You will study in Bloomsbury, the academic district of central London. You will have access to the UCL campus for classrooms, 17 subject libraries, computer labs and cafés, while being moments from the AIFS Bloomsbury Student Center with further computer and printing facilities and the AIFS Resident Director and her team. With the British Museum, British Library and many other London institutions on the doorstep, Bloomsbury provides plenty of inspiration as well.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To complement your classes and help you get a true taste of both Italian and British life and culture the AIFS staff organizes an active program of field trips and cultural activities.

Last year’s activities in Rome included:

  • Opera nights in the beautiful setting of Caracalla archeological site
  • Cooking and pasta classes
  • Wine, pizza and gelato tastings
  • Visit to the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Get togethers and dinners with Italian students
  • Art and discovery tours
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Various exhibitions and concerts (jazz, rock, blues)
  • Day trips around Rome (including the beach, Bracciano lake and hiking)
  • “Underground” Rome
  • Ballets/Musicals
  • Handicraft market
  • Food markets
  • Visit to the zoo

Last year’s activities in London included:

  • Jack the Ripper, Rock Music, Street Art and Royal London walking tours
  • Rugby and cricket matches
  • Day trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford and Cambridge
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Theater performances of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Traditional afternoon tea