Students and faculty stay in 3 star hotels throughout their stay in Italy. Students are placed in doubles in modern and comfortable accommodations to ensure that they are rested to make the most of their study abroad experience.
Rooms All rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms with showers. Valuables can be stored in a safe deposit box. All rooms have television. First-time travelers to Italy sometimes find it hard to get used to the cotton towels that are standard in Italian hotels, so if you insist on a terry-cloth towel, you must provide your own. However, the hotel staff will not launder your personal towels. Bed linens are changed twice a week. Also if you plan to go to the beach you will need to bring your own towel from the United States.
About telephones Family or friends who call from the U.S. will first be connected with the attendant at the front desk of the hotel. After asking for the room number, the caller will be transferred to the phone in the student's hotel room.
Often the most economical way to communicate is to call the U.S. from Italy. Very inexpensive calling cards can be purchased in Italy, (180 minutes for 5 euros). We recomend the Europacity card. They can be purchased at tabacchi stores. A tabacchi store is located across the street from our hotel, (and many others are located throughout the city). Also remember the time difference. It is 6 hours earlier in the US. For example, 1 pm in Italy is 7 am in Pennsylvania or 8 pm in Pennsylvania is 2 am in Italy. Be considerate of your hotel family and avoid receiving phone calls very late at night.
Student room with view of the abbey of Montecassino, Cassino. Photo taken by M. Porcenaluk 2003, LHU alumnus.
LHU student in her room in Rome.Meal Arrangements A full continental breakfast will be served 7 days a week in our hotel. There are no cooking facilities. Students may choose to eat at restuarants or they can purchase food at local markets rather cheaply. Previous year's students said they spent between $200 and $400 for all of their meals in Italy. Most said they spent closer to $250.
Computers & E-mail The availability of Wi-Fi access continues to grow and most of our hotels provide access at a reasonable cost with some time provided for free. Many students bring their laptops with them and communicate with their parents via Skype, e-mail and other applications. Information about this will be provided during the on-site, compulsory orientation.