Business, Communications, International Relations & Liberal Arts

The American University of Rome
Rome, Italy
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Business, Communications, International Relations & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Rome

  • 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 2023

  • Program Dates

    Aug 29, 2023 - Dec 15, 2023

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    May 10, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 15, 2023

  • Credit

    12 - 16 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $17,950

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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.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

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

Housing

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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

COURSE SELECTION

  • 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.

SYLLABI

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

COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • 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.

COURSE FEES

  • 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.

TRANSCRIPTS

  • 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.

COURSE CREDIT

  • 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.

LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

  • 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.

LANGUAGE RECOMMENDATION

  • 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.

Courses

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The American University of Rome
Archeology
Archeology
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Roman Army
ARCL 209
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Art History
Business and Economics
Accounting
3 Credits
Economics
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Finance
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Marketing
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Communication
Cinema
3 Credits
Communication
3 Credits
3 Credits
Media Ethics
COM 305
3 Credits
Media History
COM 100
3 Credits
3 Credits
Sports Writing
COM 323
3 Credits
Misc. Department
3 Credits
English Language and Literature
English
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Writing Rome
ENG 203
3 Credits
Misc. Department
Film and Digital Media
Film and Digitial Media
Film Directing
FLM 327
3 Credits
Film Theory
FLM 210
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Fine Arts
Art Studio
3 Credits
Printmaking I
ART 103
3 Credits
Printmaking II
ART 203
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
1 Credits
3 Credits
Fine Arts
Drawing I
ART 102
3 Credits
Figure Drawing
ART 111
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Music
3 Credits
Humanities
Anthropology
3 Credits
3 Credits
Greek
4 Credits
Latin
3 Credits
3 Credits
Psychology
3 Credits
Sociology
International Relations
Italian Studies
Science and Math
Astronomy
3 Credits
Computer Science
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

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.

SUPPORT TEAM

Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Lillian Nguyen

Program Manager, Italy

ROME TEAM

Mattea Di Fabio

Resident Director, Italy

Mara Cecili

Student Services, Italy

Vera Contu

Assistant Resident Director/Housing Coordinator, Italy

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email diversity@studiesabroad.com for more information.

Funding

All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at higheredfinaid@worldstrides.org

Housing

ISA in Rome includes comfortable housing in shared, fully-furnished accommodations conveniently located in well-established neighborhoods in close proximity to the universities.  A $250 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.

Apartment

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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

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.

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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