Summer Architecture Studies in Rome

Spend seven weeks or more working in a studio whose windows open to the glorious exterior of the Pantheon. Travel throughout Italy to compare and contrast the architectural styles of its museums, cathedrals, squares, and monuments.

Study architecture abroad in Rome. On our Summer Architecture Studies in Rome program, we offer an immersive 7-week summer study abroad program with stellar academics. Imagine being surrounded by Italian architecture in the heart of Rome for 7 weeks. You will study at a top-notch institute close to Rome’s ancient marvels. You can also participate in both of the summer sessions, extending your stay in Italy.

We offer the most affordable summer study abroad option in Rome. Rome can be expensive, which is why we pride ourselves on delivering the best-quality, most affordable summer study abroad program around. After all, you’ll need some money for traveling, shopping, pizza, and gelato when you study abroad in Italy.

We’ve got you covered. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, so we can help you get the most of your experience. We love Italy, and we can’t wait to share academic advice, travel ideas, and other insider details so you can have have a truly life-changing experience when you spend your summer abroad in Italy.

Rome is home to numerous architectural wonders, and on our  Summer Architecture Studies in Rome program, you will spend 7 weeks or more there! The 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 when you study abroad in Rome. Start getting excited about:

Study architecture abroad in Rome – If you’re not already convinced, once in Rome, you will quickly realize that it’s the ideal place to further your understanding and practice of architecture.

Ideal location- You’ll live minutes from incredible sites such as the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Campo dei Fiori. The best of Rome is literally outside your door!

Endless things to do- The program offers tons of opportunities to get more out of your stay in Italy. You can go to movie nights, cooking classes, gelato nights, theater nights, soccer matches, wine tastings, and more!

World-famous sites- Take in some of Rome’s incredibly history and culture- see the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Pantheon.

An exciting city- You’ll fall in love with Rome’s quaint markets, gorgeous monuments, ancient architecture, and lively atmosphere!

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

  • Study architecture abroad in Rome:  Small classes sizes guarantee individual academic attention
  • Curricular Concentration program in Architectural Engineering available
  • Free-elective program allows you to choose your focus
  • Take classes steps 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 historical sites
  • National passion for futbol, sports, and recreation
  • Student excursions, activities, and social opportunities
  • A central location for travel throughout Europe
  • Local excursions to help you get the most out of Rome

While spending your summer in Rome with CISabroad, you will be able to go on several local excursions around the city that are included in your student program fee. Romina, the CISabroad on-site director and a native of Rome, enjoys showing students some of the highlights of the city, which include buying delicious food at local farmer's markets, touring the Roman Castle, and eating some of the best gelato you'll ever experience.

Your program also includes two trips: one to northern Italy, and one to southern Italy. They also include the cost of entry fees, hotels, transportation, and some meals!

Summer Architecture Studies in Rome is housed at the Pantheon Institute, which offers an innovative academic program with several curricular options. The Institute’s faculty are experts from American, Italian, and European universities—all dynamic professors who will engage you and challenge you to make your time abroad both an intellectual and a cultural experience. The Institute’s connections with the Vatican, the Italian Parliament, and other institutions ensure that you’ll get a close look at Italian life. You may choose one of two unique academic programs: the Curricular Concentration Programs or the Free Elective Program.

GPA Required: 2.75. 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: 
Curricular Concentration Program: Architectural Engineering Program
4 classes (12 US credits)
Free Elective Program with architecture focus
2–3 classes (6–9 US credits)

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 4–6 classes approved for your summer 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: You may choose one of two distinct academic programs: the Curricular Concentration Program or the Free Elective Program.

Curricular Concentration Program
Architectural Engineering Program (Session I): 
a. ARCH 499B Architecture Analysis/Urban Structures (3 credits) 
b. ARCH 499C Roman Cartography (3 credits) 
c. ARCH 499D Studio Design (4 credits) 
d. ARENG 497 Medieval Structures (2 credits)  

Free Elective Program
In the Free Elective Program, you choose a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 courses from the Pantheon Institute’s summer offerings. Mix and match courses to fit your curricular needs or personal preferences. Courses available include:




ARCH 297   Explorations in Italian Architecture and Urban Form

ARCH 499B  Architectural Analysis – Understanding Italian Architecture (prerequisites required)

ARCH 499C  Roman Cartography as Imago Urbis

ARCH 499D  Architectural Design Studio (prerequisites required)

ARCH 499G  Architectural Geometry

AE 497B  Daylighting Analysis of Roman Architecture (prerequisites required)


LARCH 499A  Urban Design Studio: Rome


ARTH 399  Survey of the Masters and Monuments of Rome


HIST 399  Saint Peter’s and the Vatican: the Papacy and Architecture


ISXX 400 Independent Research


IT 001 Elementary Italian I

IT 002 Elementary Italian II

IT 003 Intermediate Italian I


IT 099 Italian Studies


PHOTO 399   Digital Photography: Capturing Rome


NUTR 399A  Historical, Cultural and Scientific Aspects of the Mediterranean Diet

NUTR 499A  International Food Program Planning

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 popular tourist destination that enchants everyone who visits! It’s been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible historical significance.

Rome is home to about 2.7 million people, and isn’t an overwhelmingly big city. You’ll enjoy a pleasant year-round Mediterranean climate during your stay, perfect weather for walking around and exploring! You can see countless famous historical sites like the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and the Pantheon, and more statues, ruins, and fountains than you can fit in your sightseeing schedule. You should also be sure to experience as much of Rome’s famous cuisine as possible. The city is known for an amazing array of pizza, pasta, gelato, and more. You’ll certainly never be hungry living in this incredible city!

Summer Architecture Studies in Rome is housed at the Pantheon Institute, founded in 2007 to provide quality academic programs for US college and university students. It is recognized by Italy’s Ministry of Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its partnership with Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. And they offer something not many institutions can say – they are located directly in the center of this historic city, with the Pantheon just around the corner.

The on-site staff is dedicated to providing a friendly, safe and academically rewarding environment for American study abroad students to learn in. They understand the importance of these things when living in a huge city that to many students can seem quite different from their home experience. They are also focused on enhancing their curriculum by incorporating numerous cultural and educational resources of Italy while focusing on the Lazio region in which Rome is located. They use the city as their classroom which is another perk to the amazing central location!

The Institute has a number of architecture studios; the largest are in Via della Gatta and Via del Pantheon. The spacious, bright studios have been renovated in a refined contemporary style resulting in a harmonious mix of modern and Renaissance. They contain architecture tables equipped with sliding rulers and lamps, as well as common work areas and ample pin-up space. There’s also a computer lab, a library, a conference room, and an administrative office. A network with dedicated internet access connects a series of computers equipped with the latest design software, including AutoCAD and other programs.

To help CISabroad students acclimate to their new surroundings, each term begins with a 3-day orientation. It not only includes sessions on academics, living in Rome, and health and safety issues, but also provides useful walking tours of the city to show you where to find everything you need. Don’t speak Italian? No problem; Italian-language workshops will help you get acclimated to street signs and common vocabulary while simultaneously teaching you useful phrases to use in day to day life as you begin to pick up the beautiful Italian Language. Throughout your stay, the on-site staff will continue to support you as you learn and grow through the culture of this beautiful city.

Besides having access to the Institute's facilities for academic and personal needs, you can easily explore the best of Rome. Lining the cobblestone streets that surround the Institute is a profusion of shops, restaurants and cafés, gelaterie, museums and monuments, piazzas and parks, lively markets, theaters, artisans’ workshops, wineries, and churches. Another great way to learn the city is to explore various neighborhoods “off the beaten path.” There truly is so much of Rome to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do. The city is filled with people who hail from hundreds of countries around the world, providing a stimulating mix of foods, languages, and cultures. The rhythm of Rome is undeniable: those who spend time here can’t help but be inspired by the city’s bustling, spirited energy.

During your summer in Rome, you will be living with other students in beautiful apartments near the Institute. Each residence include beds, closets, sheets, blankets, pillows, and a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, fridge, and sink. There’s also a communal living space and bathrooms, as well as coin-operated laundromats in the neighborhood. You’ll get to enjoy a lot of independence living in these residences, so you can experience what it’s really like to live in Rome! The student housing also makes it easier to make friends with your fellow international students from all over.

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 program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer 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 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?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

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

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

c. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

d. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application due date for Summer 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 Summer Architecture Studies in Rome, you WILL NOT need a Visa. For specific Visa details, check here.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

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

6. What are my housing options?

Summer 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 Summer Architecture Studies in Rome, you will enroll in 2-4 courses (6-12 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 a 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: Summer 2015
Arrival Session 1 May 9
Departure June 26
Application Deadline March 15
Arrival Session 2 June 30
Departure August 12
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $8390

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:

  • CISabroad Rome orientation
  • 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 pickup 
  • Pantheon Institute orientation
  • On-site support
  • Pantheon Institute Transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide
  • Local excursions to help you get the most out of Rome


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