My cellphone rang one morning in
As we sat in a meeting with shaken program directors, a California girl lied in Siena’s hospital severely wounded, and her room-mates where being forced to pack their bags and where later driven to the airport by University officials, kicked out of Italy, sent immediately home to face disciplinary action at the University of California where they risked probable expulsion.
Turns out, American college students were used to the “no alcohol until you’re 21” rule in the
Fortunately, I had an all-Italian atmosphere that kept me away from the
Italians live with wine around them, so they learn to approach wine in a more normal manner. So much that in the University cafeteria, the soda fountain gives students everything but soda! Yes, our options were "beer", "white wine", "red wine", "water" and "soda". Coca-cola is called the "American Champagne" since a bottle of coke costs more than table wine.
The rest of the
A taxi driver spotted the girl unconscious in the middle of the street around 2 or 3 am and began knocking on each door trying to find her family. He woke up all the neighbors until someone recognized her and that's when her room-mates realized what had happened. That was their last day in
That happened five years ago, why bring it up? I must admit Audra’s posts about international bureaucracy reminded me of my experiences studying with an American Visa in
Italy does not recognize American High School diplomas, you can study abroad, you can study languages, but it's difficult to enroll directly into an Italian University. There are exclusions and limitations placed specifically for Americans who want to study directly in Italian Universities, that do not apply to any one else in the world! For example, you need to be a college graduate in order to enroll in the 6 year med school program. So, you're doing pre-med TWICE.Yet, if you have a High School certificate from any country in the world, you can enroll in a FREE Italian 6 year med school program right after high school… Okay, so tuition is about 500 euros a year, but that pales in comparison to the piles of student loans that I still have!
Many of us who choose to enroll directly into Italian Universities must face MANY hurdles! God knows I've had my share! and it’s taken me years to get where I am today. But I'm stubborn, and I know what I want, where I want to get it, the life I want to live, and everything is really just a matter of time...Hang in there girls! IT CAN BE DONE!
Is it worth it? YES!!!!! You can, and you should! The world is yours and awaits you with open arms! If it takes doing pre-med twice, it's worth it!
Raise your hands, who likes embassies and immigration cross-continental paper work?
Hehe... several of us know what it's like.
... Part two later! Meanwhile, I'll leave you with a few links for those interested in studying in Italy :)
http://www.study-in-italy.it/studying/index.html (Useful info, in English)
http://www.miur.it/UserFiles/2580.pdf (document requirements, in Italian)