Summer in Rome

English courses and Italian language at a campus on the highest hill in Rome. Fun social and cultural activities allow you to get to know Rome in a very intimate way.

On Summer in Rome, we offer two immersive four-week summer study abroad programs with stellar academics. Imagine studying in the heart of Rome for four weeks while you study Italian abroad in Rome. You will spend your summer abroad in Italy at a top-notch university close to Rome’s ancient marvels. You can also choose to participate in both sessions, extending your experience 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 a high-quality yet affordable summer study abroad program. And lower expenses mean more money for traveling, shopping, pizza, and gelato.

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. From the Pantheon to gelato, we love all that Italy has to offer, and we can’t wait to get you there!

Summer 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:

Courses in a variety of subjects- You can take courses in history, archaeology, classical studies, communication and film, business, international relations, global politics, fine arts, and Italian language and culture. All courses are taught by a distinguished and respected faculty.

Amazing sites right outside the door- You’ll be living near monuments like the Coliseum, Vatican City, the Castle of St. Angelo, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Pantheon, and more!

Tons of extracurricular activities- During your summer in Rome, you can enjoy movie nights, cooking classes, gelato nights, theater nights, soccer matches, and wine tastings with your fellow students.

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

  • Study Italian abroad in Rome and other courses in your major: small classes sizes guarantee individual academic attention
  • Courses are varied, site-oriented, and taught by highly qualified faculty
  • Take classes in the historic Trastevere district
  • 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
  • 3-day CISabroad orientation with tour of Rome

While spending your summer in Rome with CISabroad, you will have the opportunity to go on several local excursions, which are included in your student program fee. Romina, the CISabroad on-site director, is a native of Rome and loves to ensure that students experience the best that the city has to offer. Some of these local excursions include a trip to the Roman Castle, going to open-air markets and flea markets; and local Roman farmer's markets.

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

Capri is the perfect microcosm of the Mediterranean, displaying impossibly blue waters, classic piazzas, Roman ruins and unbelievable ocean views. This stunning island in the Tyrrhenian Sea boasts two beautiful marinas as well as chic boutiques, trattorias, blue caves and limestone sea-stacks. Capri is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway.

Packed with everything from sleeping volcanoes to edgy clubs, winding boulevards to bustling markets, and gastronomical wonders to Renaissance art, Naples has something for everyone. The combination of peaceful natural beauty and a thriving city life allows Naples to make anyone feel at home.

Known worldwide as the floating city, Venice is a spectacular feat of man's imagination and sheer determination. This city of history, art and romance is also a cosmopolitan powerhouse. Walk along the narrow, crooked alleys and you will find marble statues and ancient palazzo, but you will also find eyebrow-raising contemporary artists, punk-rock cello musicians and the most modern of modern fashions. With 117 small islands, take your time in this breathtaking city, because you never know what you may find.

You’ll be studying at the American University of Rome during your summer in Italy. The university has a diverse faculty from America, Italy, and all over Europe that will provide you with quality academic courses. Many of the classes take place outside of the classroom, so you can learn amidst some of the incredible historical and artistic sites in the city. The school also has connections with the Vatican, the Italian Parliament, and more that will give you a unique close view of life in Italy.

GPA Required: 2.5. If your GPA is lower, don’t worry- just use the “Contact an Advisor” button on this page to let us know about your situation, and we’ll work with you to find the right program.

How to choose your courses: As part of the application process, you’ll be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in the CISabroad Application page. The following instructions will help you figure out how to choose the right courses.

Course load:  2 classes (6 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:

For Summer in Rome, Session 1, please see course descriptions here.

For Summer in Rome, Session 2, please see course descriptions here.

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 beloved destination for tourists from all over the world. This incredible city, sometimes called la Cittå Eterna- the Eternal City- has survived for thousands of years, and offers countless reminders of the city’s past. You can visit the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, and more, all located outside your door!

Rome is Italy’s capital, and has a bustling but not overwhelmingly large population of 2.7 million. The city’s year-round mild Mediterranean climate is perfect for getting out and walking to any of the classic Roman sites, or for wandering along the streets and trying any of the delicious restaurants and cafés you come across. Rome is known for its wide array of amazing cuisine, from pizza to pasta to gelato! You’ll never be hungry or bored in this enchanting city.

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

You’ll be spending your summer at the American University of Rome, a school well-known for its study abroad programs. AUR provides a challenging and rewarding curriculum and a diverse international student population from over 40 different countries. The university has an incredible location overlooking the city, and will allow you to truly immerse yourself in Roman culture and life in a way you never could as a tourist. AUR offers many student activities to help integrate you into your new city.

During your summer in Rome, you’ll study at The American University of Rome, one of the most exciting campuses in Europe. Its convenient location means that you have the best of Rome right outside of your door! The middle of campus contains a large courtyard that has Wi-Fi, tables, computer hookups, and a barbecue area available to students. 

You can join countless sports teams and extracurricular activities during your time at the American University of Rome, including soccer, rowing, tennis, yoga, dance classes, cooking classes, and more! You can meet friends from around the world by joining one of these activities.

In front of the campus, you can enjoy a beautiful park where you can go for a run or have a picnic. Additionally, just a few minutes away is Villa Pamphili, the largest park in Rome.

On Summer in Rome, you will live with other AUR program participants in beautiful student apartments. The apartments are located in traditional, well established neighborhoods. This housing is well suited for students looking for a "full immersion" cultural experience.

Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens and towels, closet/clothing storage space, typical basic Italian cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Desks are to be shared by all occupants. All units are provided with a washing machine.

All apartments are equipped with a personal computer (PC) and have unlimited, no additional cost access to the Internet as well as wireless access for those with wireless-ready laptops. A landline phone will be provided which will provide unlimited calls to landlines within Italy.

All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments.

Apartments are located in areas of Rome convenient to the university campus: Monteverde, Giancolense, Trastevere and Colli Portuense, all desirable residential neighborhoods. Compared to other parts of Rome, they have more green areas, better access to public transport and are conveniently located to the historic center of Rome.

All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes relative to the university.

Students are assisted with maintenance and other issues that may arise during the occupancy.

Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. A single-name roommate request will be taken into consideration but is not guaranteed.

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 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 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 Summer 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 in Rome, you WILL NOT need a Visa. For specific Visa details, check here.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Summer in Rome 2013, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Summer 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 Summer in Rome, you will enroll in 2 courses (6 US 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 2017
Arrival Session 1 May 29
Departure July 1
Application Deadline Session 1: March 15 Session 2: May 1
Arrival Session 2 July 4
Departure August 3
Application Deadline Session 1: March 15 Session 2: May 1
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $5,690-$9,990 more info

Interested in extending your summer study abroad experience?! If you are studying in Rome for Session One, you can add a month to your adventure by studying in Barcelona, Spain on our Mediterranean Culture Discover Europe summer series program! Simply, click here for more details!

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 and 1 day trip

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