Semester Architecture Studies in Rome

Collaborate with Italian students and professionals as you work on local expansion, renovation, and restoration projects. Rome’s timeless monuments and piazzas are your classroom!

Study architecture abroad in Rome. CISabroad's Semester Architecture in Rome program will further your architecture studies at an internationally recognized institute in the cradle of the Renaissance. What a way to spend your semester!

We offer one of the most affordable study abroad options in Rome. Rome can be expensive, which is why we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality yet affordable study abroad program. After all, you’ll need some money for traveling, shopping, pizza, and gelato!
We’re with you all the way. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, so we can help you get the most out of your experience. We love Italy and can’t wait to share academic advice, travel ideas, and other insider details so you can have the best experience when you study abroad here.

On Semester Architecture Studies in Rome, you will have an entire semester to soak in the numerous architectural wonders of Rome! The study abroad program takes place at the Pantheon Institute whose windows open to the glorious exterior of the Pantheon. You’ll learn both in the classroom and out in the city. You will also travel throughout Italy and have the chance to compare and contrast various architectural styles. Start getting excited about:

A timeless, exciting city – Rome is characterized by open-air cafés, quaint outdoor markets, timeless monuments, and the juxtaposition of ancient and modern architecture. Get lost in the streets and find yourself in the vibrant rhythms of the city’s timeless beauty while you study abroad in Italy. 

The perfect place to study architecture – Whether you choose the Advanced Architecture or Landscape Architecture program, you will quickly realize that the capital of Italy is the ideal location to further your understanding and application of either subject and study architecture abroad.

Central location – Semester Architecture Studies in Rome is located near the most revered piazzas (squares) in all of Rome: Piazza Navona and Piazza della Rotunda (Pantheon). Outside the doors of the Institute, you will also find the Trevi Fountain and the Campo dei Fiori.    

Museums, monuments, and concerts galore – There’s a never-ending list of museums to visit, monuments to see, and concerts to attend. Spend a semester taking in everything you’ve read about in history books and dreamed of seeing up close: the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Pantheon.   

A chance to live the motto: “When in Rome, do as the Romans” – We encourage you to immerse yourself in the culture, engage in the day-to-day life of a Roman, and do as much as possible to get a real taste of the Roman way of life.

Extracurricular activities, student excursions, and social events – Semester Architecture Studies in Rome offers plenty of opportunities for exposure to Italian life and culture. Activities include movie nights, gelato nights, theater nights, cooking classes, soccer matches, and wine tastings, all of which will give you a well-rounded study abroad experience.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Italy and advance your understanding of architecture, then check out our Semester Architecture Studies in Rome program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Advanced architecture– and landscape architecture–focused curriculum
  • Largely experiential education
  • Optional independent research course
  • Small class sizes guaranteeing individual attention
  • Classes held only steps away from the historic Pantheon
  • An epic city with world-famous food, cafés, and nightlife
  • A beautiful Mediterranean climate with comfortable weather
  • Vast caches of impressive art, sculpture, and treasures
  • World-renowned architecture, museums, and historic sites
  • National passion for soccer (called "calcio" in Italian), food, drink, art, cinema, and architecture
  • Ample student excursions and activities to help you get the most out of Rome and Italy at large
  • A central location for travel throughout Europe

Vivi all'italiana! Live like an Italian!

The CISabroad Site Director, a native Roman, will take you on excursions and activities to introduce you to life as a Roman. Examples of activities include:

  • Open-air market experience
  • Day trip to Roman Castles area
  • Olive and grape picking (Fall only)
  • Kayaking or hiking by Castel Gandolfo lake
  • Aperitivo in the Italian-style
  • Walking tour exploring traditional Roman neighborhoods

While studying in Rome with CISabroad, you will be able to enjoy a variety of local excursions that are included in your student program fee. Romina, our CISabroad on-site director and a native of Rome, will take you everywhere from local markets and delicious eateries to the famous millenia-old Roman Castle.

This program also includes two additional trips: one to northern Italy and the other to southern Italy - both are also part of the program fee for the Pantheon Institute. These co-curricular field trips include the cost of entry fees, hotels, transportation to and from the sites visited, and some meals as well.

Semester Architecture Studies in Rome is housed at the Pantheon Institute, which offers a specialized program for advanced students of architecture and landscape architecture. You must have completed a minimum of 2 years (preferably 3) of architecture or landscape architecture studies. The curriculum is predetermined to ensure that all courses complement and enhance your studies. The program also includes strong community outreach and collaboration experience as well as the option of an independent study project.

GPA Required: 2.75. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

How to choose your courses

Now for the fun part! As part of the application process, you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found on the CISabroad Application Page. The information below will help guide you in choosing your courses.

Course load:  4 classes (16 U.S. credits)

Course approval: The curriculum for Semester Architecture Studies in Rome is predetermined, so be certain to get all courses in the program preapproved.

Course descriptions: 

Click here for course descriptions for the Advanced Architecture Program (16 credits).

You will be provided with a drafting table and work space equipped with sliding rulers, lamps, and plentiful pin-up space. The studios are spacious and bright and you will also have access to a computer lab, library, conference room, and administrative office.

Community outreach and collaboration:

The Pantheon Institute is actively engaged in a variety of research projects that will allow you to collaborate with Italian students and professionals while assisting in local expansion, renovation, and restoration projects. 

Outreach projects and activities are sponsored by various Italian municipalities, including the Comune di Roma, Comune di Atri, Comune di Gardone Riviera, Comune di Matera, Comune di Palestrina, Comune di Siena, Comune di Spello, Comune di Tivoli, and Comune di Tursi.

Independent research course:

This optional course gives you the resources and support you need to complete a significant research assignment in a topic of your choice. Students often generate material for a final portfolio or senior thesis at their home institution. In this program, you are paired with an expert in your chosen field—a Pantheon Institute faculty member, an advisor from home, or one of Rome’s distinguished scholars—as you create a course of study tailored to your individual interests and needs. The course culminates in a research paper or presentation showcasing your work over the semester.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships/grants to study or intern abroad?

For details on all scholarship/grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Does Rome need an introduction? Roma is the City of Seven Hills, the “capital of the world,” and la Città Eterna or the Eternal City, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For almost three millennia, the city has withstood natural disaster, internal strife, and multiple wars only to emerge glorious and indomitable. Its unique, paradoxical blend of old and new is bound to enchant even the most stoic visitor.

Rome is also the capital of Italy and home to approximately 2.7 million residents. That said, most visitors don’t experience it as an overwhelmingly big city. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild weather year-round. Famous for its monumental architecture and statues, it is a history lover’s dream city. With countless piazzas and fountains, catacombs and gardens, narrow streets and beautiful neighborhoods - not to mention the Vatican and Pantheon - you will never want for something to do in Rome.

And the food? You will certainly never be hungry in this country. Italians are known for their delicious cuisine of pizza, pasta, gelato, and much more! There is a lot to be learned from the way Italians prepare and enjoy their meals. The food in Italy is truly a cultural experience of which you will have plenty during your semester in Rome!

You’ll be studying at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, a school founded to provide quality programs for U.S. college students. It’s accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its partnership with Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. It offers an incredible location right in the heart of Rome, just minutes from the Pantheon!

The on-site staff is dedicated to providing a friendly, safe, and academically rewarding environment for American study abroad students to learn in. They are also committed to enriching their curriculum with cultural education - focusing on the Lazio region in which Rome is located - and numerous excursions.

The Institute is equipped with several spacious, bright architecture studios, which have been renovated in a contemporary style. Each studio has architecture tables equipped with sliding rulers and lamps, common work areas, and lots of pin-up space. The Institute also offers a library, conference room, administrative office, and computer lab. All computers are equipped with the latest design software, including AutoCAD and other programs.

Your program will begin with a three-day orientation to get you used to your new surroundings. You’ll learn more about academics, life in Rome, and health and safety, and will also get a walking tour of the city to show you all of the hotspots. If you don’t speak Italian, you can also take Italian-language workshops that will help you get a basic grasp of the language. The on-site staff will provide all the support you need throughout your stay in Rome.

In addition to everything offered by the university, you’re also free to explore this incredible city on your own. Head out on the cobblestone streets to check out all of the shops, markets, restaurants, cafés, gelaterie, museums, monuments, piazzas, parks, theaters, galleries, wineries, and churches located right outside your door! You’ll never run out of things to do and explore during your stay in Rome.

On Semester Architecture Studies in Rome, you will live with other Pantheon program participants in beautiful student apartments or residences near the Institute. Each apartment/residence will include beds, closets, sheets, blankets, pillows, and a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, and sink. In addition, there will be communal living space and bathrooms. Coin-operated laundromats are located in the neighborhood and will be available for students to use. These residences afford you a high degree of independence and an authentic city experience. The friendships you are bound to make with roommates and fellow program participants can be some of the most memorable and enriching aspects of your study abroad experience!

CISabroad’s Site Director in Italy:

Romina is a native Roman who graduated with a degree in International Communications from the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2005. In the same year, she returned to Rome where she started working for IES. In the following two years, she decided to study International Relations and enrolled in the MA in International Affairs program at the SIOI school in Rome. After completing her MA in 2007, Romina went on to undertake an internship in the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008 and 2009, she accomplished two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009, she started working for the Italian Development Cooperation Office at the Italian Embassy in Beirut. In Lebanon, she worked as a Communication and Public Information Officer and was also in charge of the joint projects later carried out together with Italian troops serving in the United Nations mission in Southern Lebanon. In the summer of 2010, Romina left Lebanon to work in Yemen where she held the same office within the Italian Development Cooperation Department of Sana’a. In the spring of 2011, due to the precarious situation in Yemen, all Italian Embassy staff were ordered to leave the country for security reasons. In the wake of the Arab Spring that gripped many parts of the Middle East and North Africa, Romina has decided to transfer back to Rome where she is enjoying the company of family and friends.

All students will be formally introduced to Romina prior to the start of the program. She will maintain contact with you throughout the program to ensure that everything is going well. If you ever have any issues or concerns regarding your study abroad experience, Romina is an amazing resource and will be there to support you.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester Architecture Studies in Rome can be found on the Price and Dates page. You can also see a full breakdown of the program prices and budget here.

2. When are the program fees due?

CISabroad fees are due approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.  

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Submit: Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application due date for Semester Architecture Studies in Rome can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester Architecture Studies in Rome, you WILL need a visa. For specific visa details, please contact your CISabroad advisor. 

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester Architecture Studies in Rome, the GPA requirement is 2.75.

6. What are my housing options?

Semester Architecture Studies in Rome offers housing in shared student residences or apartments. These housing locations are within walking distance of the campus.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Semester Architecture Studies in Rome, you will enroll in 4 classes (16 U.S. credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Spring 2016
Arrival January 8
CISabroad Orientation January 9
Classes Start January 12
Classes End April 24
Departure April 30
Application Deadline October 15
Term: Fall 2015
Arrival August 19
Departure December 11
Term: Spring 2016 Price: TBD more info
Term: Fall 2015 Price: TBD more info