Semester in Rome

Open-air cafés, quaint outdoor markets, and timeless monuments await you! Study art history, business, international relations and more on-site in the historic city of Rome.

We’ve got a strong academic program with quality educational resources. When you study abroad in Rome, you'll get an international, highly qualified, and enthusiastic faculty. Study Italian abroad in Rome while you're earning credit for your major. The educational resources are some of the finest in the city, and the student-to-faculty ratio is very low, guaranteeing personal attention.

We offer one of the most affordable study abroad in Italy options.  Rome can be expensive, which is why we pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality yet affordable study abroad program. And lower expenses mean more money for traveling, shopping, pizza, and gelato.

We’re with you all the way. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we’ll make sure you get the most of your experience. We love Italy, and we can’t wait to help you with academic advice, travel ideas, and detailed information. 

Semester in Rome takes place at the American University of Rome, located on top of the Janiculum, Rome’s highest hill. The University is committed to providing a diversified curriculum that combines the numerous cultural and educational resources of Italy while you study abroad in Rome. 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.

Central location – Semester in Rome is located near the historic Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. Around the campus, you will find many famous Roman monuments and museums such as Vatican City, the Castle of St Angelo, Campo de' Fiori and Navona Square.

A wide variety of courses taught by distinguished faculty –
Semester in Rome offers a variety of exciting courses in art history, archaeology & classical studies, communication & film, business studies, international relations & global politics, fine arts, and Italian language & culture. Study Italian in Rome- where better to learn Italian?

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

A chance to live the motto “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” –
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 truly get a taste of the Roman way of life.

Extracurricular activities, student excursions, and social events –
Semester in Rome offers you a number of opportunities for more exposure to Italian life and culture.  These activities include movie nights, cooking classes, gelato nights, theater nights, soccer matches, and wine tastings.

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

  • Small class sizes guarantee individual academic attention - study Italian in Rome, what better place to learn?
  • Courses are varied, site-oriented, and taught by highly qualified faculty
  • 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 historical sites
  • National passion for soccer (called calcio in Italian), food and drink, art, cinema, and architecture
  • Student excursions, activities, and social opportunities 
  • 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

When studying in Rome with CISabroad, students enjoy a variety of excursions, both locally in Rome as well as in locations such as Tuscany, Pompeii, Pisa and Mount Vesuvius. The CISabroad on-site staff, Romina, born and raised in Rome, ensures that students get to know Rome more intimately by visiting places not frequented by tourists. Among the local excursions are tours of Roman Castles and a trip to the “Best Gelato Experience” in Rome. All local excursions are included in students' program fees.

Optional trips are also available to CISabroad students and are organized by our partner school in Rome:

A weekend trip to Tuscany
This weekend trip groups you with students from other programs and will take you into some of Tuscany's most famous towns- Pisa, Florence, Trequanda, and Montecatini. Enjoy having your picture taken in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, immersing yourself in the rich medieval history of Florence, and tasting wine in the beautiful city of Trequanda. From bustling cities to quaint town squares to breathtaking lanscapes, this excursion will allow you to experience Italy in a way that not many students will be able to. Along with these visits to Tuscany's best historic and artistic sites, you will also have time to relax, do some shopping, and explore the cities at your leisure.   

A day trip to Tuscany
In this trip, you will learn about century-long Italian food and wine traditions in a single day. You'll visit a 16th century Tuscan farm house where you can improve your wine-tasting palate with a lesson recognizing excellence in wine-making.  Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch consisting of traditional Tuscan peasant food in the Fattoria del Colle. Finally, in the afternoon you'll be able to explore the farm house and the chamber of the Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany.  

A day trip to Assisi
This trip will allow you to expereince the incredible history of art and religion in the city of Assisi. Let yourself be awed by the Basilica of San Francesco and the city's many medieval castles and cathedrals. On this trip, you'll have a chance to visit some of the main historical and artistic treasures of Assisi. Along with these cultural experiences, you'll have time to do some wandering and relaxing on your own.

A 2-day trip to Capri, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and Pompeii
If you're looking for a more active excursion, consider a trip to Capri and Pompeii. Here, you'll tour the Isle of Capri, enjoying coastal walks along the incredible Mediterranean sea. Then, you'll check out the excavations at the buried city of Pompeii, staying overnight in the cliffside town of Sorrento. A highlight of this trip is climbing to the summit of the famous volcano Mount Vesuvius.  

Semester in Rome is housed at the American University of Rome, whose innovative academic program gives you several curricular options. The University’s faculty of experts from American, Italian, and European universities are all dynamic professors who will engage you and challenge you to make your time abroad an intellectual as well as cultural experience. Classes are frequently on-site, an unparalleled opportunity in a city like Rome. Imagine taking in an archeology lecture amidst ancient ruins in the Roman Forum, or studying art history while gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And the University connections with The Vatican, the Italian Parliament, and other institutions guarantee a close look at Italian life.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An 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 in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load:  4-5 classes (12-16 US credits)

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7–8 classes approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog:
For course descriptions, click here.
If you have any questions please contact our Global Advising Center, 877-617-9090.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

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

Rome is a tourist destination for people around the world, and it’s no wonder why. The city’s unparalleled glimpse into the past is a sight to behold! It offers countless historical, cultural, artistic, and even modern attractions to keep you busy during your semester.

Italy’s capital is home to around 2.7 million people. The mild, Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to live year-round. From the Vatican to the Coliseum to the countless fountains, statues, and ruins, Rome offers something for anyone with an interest in history! Another of Rome’s main attractions is the food- Italy is known for its incredible cuisine that will leave you wanting more. You won’t want to leave this incredible city by the end of your study abroad program!

Our Semester in Rome program is located at the American University of Rome. Founded in 1969, the AUR 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.

The university has been offering study abroad programs for over 40 years. Seated on a green, quiet hill overlooking one of the oldest cities of civilization, the American University of Rome (AUR) offers students a unique and insightful opportunity to experience Rome on a genuine and profound level. The university prides itself on a challenging and authentic curriculum, as well as its vibrant international community. Students are exposed to a multitude of cultures when they study at AUR, as the student body is made up of a mix of Americans, local Italian students, and other international students from over 40 countries.

Participating on the Semester in Rome program will allow you to gain an insight into the life of Rome that cannot be achieved by visiting the city as a tourist. Through multiple student activities and the expert community of the AUR staff, you will soon feel right at home and will have the experience of a lifetime!

On Semester in Rome, you will be a part of one of the most vibrant campuses in Europe. The American University of Rome is located on the prestigious Janiculum Hill near Trastevere. Right in the middle of campus is a large courtyard, complete with wifi, tables, computer hookups, and barbecue area that students can use throughout the year. 

The American University of Rome is well known for its sports teams and extracurricular activities, including soccer, rowing, tennis, yoga, dance classes, and much more. Cooking classes are offered on campus periodically throughout the year. Join a club or team and meet tons of new friends from all around the world. 

Right in front of the campus, you will find a beautiful park where you can go running, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the sunshine. A few minutes walk from the campus is Villa Pamphili, the largest park in the city with a cafe, lakes, museum, and library.

On Semester in Rome, you will live with other AUR program participants in beautiful student apartments. Most apartments are located within walking distance or within a quick bus ride of the campus. The apartments are located in traditional, well established neighborhoods in Trastevere and Monteverde. This housing is well suited for students looking for a "full immersion" cultural experience.

Apartments all have spacious living areas complete with TV, couch, and seating area for dining. Wifi and 24 hour emergency maintenance assistance is included in all AUR apartments. All apartments will have a fully equipped kitchen, where you can cook your own delicious Italian specialties. Linens and blankets are provided for your use throughout the semester.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Italy:

Romina is a native Roman, who graduated with a degree in International Communications at 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 at the SIOI school in Rome. In 2007 Romina graduated in International Relations at the same University of Perugia and after completing the MA she undertook an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, after completing the internship, 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 she was also in charge of the joint projects which were later carried out together with the Italian troops within 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’s. In the spring of 2011, due to the serious and uncertain situation in Yemen, all the Italian Embassy staff was ordered to leave the country for security reasons. Because of the consequences of the Arab Spring in all Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and in Northern Africa, Romina has decided to work in Rome and enjoy with her friends and family the beauty of the Eternal City.

Romina will be present in Italy and available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need some support. All students will be formally introduced to her prior to the start of the program and she will maintain contact with you throughout the program, to ensure that everything is going well.

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

The program cost for Semester 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 will email invoices to students 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?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester 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 in Rome, you WILL need a visa. For specific visa details, go here.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester in Rome, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Semester in Rome offers housing in shared apartments. These apartments are within walking distance of the campus and you will be housed with other CISabroad students.

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 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 2017
Arrival January 25
Departure May 17
Application Deadline EXTENDED TO October 15
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival August 30
Departure December 15
Application Deadline June 1
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $16,190
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $16,190** more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

    •    Orientation upon arrival
    •    Full-time tuition and fees
    •    Housing (apartment)
    •    Medical and accident insurance
    •    CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
    •    Academic advising
    •    Financial aid counseling
    •    Assistance with travel arrangements
    •    Predeparture orientation
    •    Airport pick-up
    •    On-site support
    •    American University of Rome official transcript
    •    Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide                                                                                                                                     •    Local excursions, 1 day trip and 1 overnight trip

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.