Business, Communications, International Relations & Liberal Arts

The American University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Business, Communications, International Relations & Liberal Arts

  • Location


  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

    Situated at the top of Janiculum, Rome's tallest hill, the American University of Rome (AUR) campus is canopied by lush gardens and has spectacular views of the city, including remnants from the Roman Empire. Campus is within walking distance from the city center and sits right around the corner from the Aurelian Walls, a historic line of city walls that date back to 271 AD which encompass the Seven Hills of Rome (the geographic heart of Ancient Rome). You will have access to libraries, computer facilities, free Wi-Fi, and two relaxing gardens in which to study. The AUR offers many student-run organizations and clubs, athletics, and a campus newspaper. The 16-to-1 faculty ratio and multicultural student body, representing more than 30 nationalities, give you the opportunity to gain an immersive international experience with instruction from both local and international professors.

    The American University of Rome is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and is licensed by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware to grant associate, bachelor, and master degrees.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Early Sep, 2022 - Mid Dec, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 01, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 15, 2022

  • Credit

    12 - 16 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

This semester/year program is a great program for studying in Rome! The American University of Rome (AUR) offers courses across a variety of subject areas, including: Archeology, Arts, Business, Communication, History, International Relations, Italian language, Literature, Marketing, Political Science, Social Science, and more.

You will enroll in a total of 12-16 semester credits per semester. Courses will be taught by local and international faculty. Classmates are international students, the majority of whom are North American. Internships are available for Academic Year students only. Courses are taught in English (except for Italian language courses). No Italian language experience is required for this program, although if you have not taken Italian language, you are strongly encouraged to choose language as one of your courses on this program. Some courses may require additional fees. Gap students, 18 years old and older, are also eligible for this program. 

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.

  • You must submit a course registration agreement. Additional details will be provided after gaining access to the ISA Student Portal.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.50, you may still be considered for acceptance. You will have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities




12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information


  • You will take 12 to 16 credits during this session. Most classes meet Monday - Thursday.


  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancellations.


  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.


  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university course level recommendations and course codes and are only recommendations. Course numbers generally adhere to the following guidelines:
    • 100-199 Lower-level introductory courses with no prerequisites
    • 200-299 Lower-level courses with one or more prerequisites
    • 300-399 Upper-level courses with one or more prerequisites
    • 400-499 Upper-level advanced courses with two or more prerequisites and/or senior standing.
  • These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.


  • Some courses may require additional fees which are to be paid directly to the host university. Lab fees, when applicable, are about $75. Field trip fees can vary greatly. Refer to the course description for applicable fees.


  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the American University of Rome (AUR). The transcript will reflect U.S. semester credits for all courses taken.


  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institutions.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institution, for the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.


  • Enrollment in Italian courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the host university. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • We strongly suggest that if you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, to prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.


  • If you have not completed a college semester of Italian language or the equivalent, you are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course while on this program.
  • Italian courses are offered from the Beginner to Advanced level.

Please Note:
The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change.


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Art History
Art History
3 Credits
Art of Rome
AH 100
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15 Contact Hours
AH 401
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Business and Economics
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English Language and Literature
Film and Digital Media
Film and Digitial Media
Fine Arts
Art Studio
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Printmaking I
ART 103
3 Credits
Printmaking II
ART 203
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Fine Arts
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Drawing I
ART 102
3 Credits
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International Relations
3 Credits
Political Science
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
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3 Credits
Italian Studies
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Misc. Department
3 Credits
Science and Math
3 Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Lillian Nguyen

Program Manager, Italy


Mattea Di Fabio

Resident Director, Italy

Mara Cecili

Student Services, Italy

Vera Contu

Assistant Resident Director/Housing Coordinator, Italy

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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ISA in Rome includes comfortable housing in shared, fully-furnished accommodations conveniently located in well-established neighborhoods in close proximity to the universities.  A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


For ISA programs at The American University of Rome, students will stay in shared, fully-furnished student apartments. There are generally only one or two student apartment units per building, and neighboring residents are typically middle-class Italian families who own their apartment. Most ISA apartments have 2-3 bedrooms, a lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Bedrooms are typically double-occupancy. Each apartment includes one single bed per student with bed linens. A computer that is connected to the internet via a cable modem is to be shared by all occupants and wifi is provided in all apartments. All apartment units include a washing machine.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not be able to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on 2-3 excursions. The destinations shown below are a sample of some of the possibilities, which are finalized in the time leading up to the start of your program.

Florence & the Chianti Region

Explore the "Cradle of the Renaissance," taking guided tours of art museums, views of the Ponte Vecchio, and wandering through the central square to marvel at Brunelleschi's towering Duomo and Ghiberti's golden Gates of Paradise. Spend the afternoon walking through the bustling San Lorenzo market where you can find everything from pasta and vegetables to purses, belts, and shoes. Continue on to the Chianti region and tour a vineyard, sampling world famous Italian wines. Enjoy the picturesque views of the valleys and surrounding hillsides that stretch out into the distance.

Hilltowns of Central Italy

Spend the day soaking up the classic rolling hills of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. While exploring the well-preserved medieval towns and surrounding vineyards that dot the hillsides, you’ll experience the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Here the landscape is defined by giant sunflowers and hay bales, and the towns produce some of the world’s best wine. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val'Dorcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.

Sorrento, Capri & Pompeii

Discover Southern Italy's treasures in the Bay of Naples! First, you’ll head to Sorrento for an overnight stay, famous for its limoncello liqueur and astounding view of Mt. Vesuvius. Then, you’ll spend the day on the sunny island of Capri. Once on the island, you can tour the famous Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro, and the quaint village of Anacapri. Finally, you’ll visit the ancient city of Pompeii, infamously buried in ash by Mt. Vesuvius. Everything here is meticulously preserved by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Cultural Activities in Rome

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Rome. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Rome special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking lessons, guided tours of the Capitoline Museums, a visit to a gelato factory, guided tours of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill, and a walking tour of the famous fountains in the city.


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