Study and live in the timeless, exciting city of Rome, where ancient ruins rub shoulders with modern buildings, mopeds, and macchiatos. Semester in Rome takes place at the American University of Rome, located on top of the Janiculum, Rome’s highest hill. This city is characterized by open-air cafés, quaint outdoor markets, classical monuments, and vast cathedrals and museums. Get lost in the streets and find yourself in the vibrant rhythms of the city’s eternal beauty. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain for luck—though you’ve already found it if you’re studying abroad in Rome.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: June 1
- Avg Course Load
- 4-5 classes (12-16 credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Italian
Key Program Highlights
- Museums, monuments, and concerts galore
- Student excursions, activities, and social opportunities
- A central location for travel throughout Europe
- Courses taught by highly qualified faculty
- Beautiful apartments in traditional neighborhoods
- Vast caches of impressive art, sculpture, and treasures
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Rome
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Rome like where to go out, how to stay safe, how to blend in like a local and where to shop. After orientation, there will be a fabulous welcome dinner at one of our favorite spots in town, featuring local, seasonal products and dishes.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.
On Semester in Rome, you’ll 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 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.
- Food Festivals - Local “Sagra”: The sagra is an Italian festival, organized in some towns, or regions, and is always linked to a local tradition or food celebrated in the course of the event. There are several “sagra” around Rome including truffle festival; seafood pasta festival; suppli festival; wine & grapes festival.
- Rock in Roma Music Festival (June-August): Rock in Roma Festival is the largest festival in Rome with over forty bands performing over three months at the enormous, Ippodromo delle Capannelle.
- Soccer games: Get a glimpse of the Italian soccer culture at one of Rome’s games! It’s a great way to also meet locals and also other study abroad students. Don’t forget to wear the local team jerseys!
- Local restaurants: Don’t feel like cooking or simply want to try some local specialties? Venture out to the local tiny restaurants for amazing experiences! Don’t forget to ask on-site staff for recommendations!
- Farmer’s market: Check out and get your daily shopping done at the local market. Get to know the farmers, practice your Italian and stay healthy by eating seasonal products!
More About Rome
Rome (Roma in Italian) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the reasons are clear. The city’s unparalleled glimpse into the past is a sight to behold! Rome offers countless historical, cultural, artistic, and even modern attractions to keep you busy while you live abroad. Italy’s capital is home to around 2.7 million people. The mild, Mediterranean climate makes it a great place to live year round.
Rome is a hub of European politics, art, and fashion. Your head will turn in every direction as you explore this city, including the Capitoline museum, Galleria Borghese, the Vatican, and the Coliseum. Snap some photos on the Spanish steps, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and catch a glimpse of the Pope near St. Peter’s Basilica. And did we mention food? You can eat your way through this city! Italy and Rome are known for its delicious cuisine. Cap dinner off with an espresso and you're living like a true Italian.
While in Rome, you can hop over to one of the smallest countries in the world, Vatican City. It houses the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and endless amounts of beautiful artwork. If you're inspired to see the rest of Europe, you can easily travel from Rome. Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Greece are each only a two-hour plane ride away!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Eataly Food Tour
If you've never been to Italy before . . . this is a must when in Rome. Eataly's goal is to demonstrate how high-quality products can be easily available at affordable prices. You'll taste the famous durum wheat pasta from Gragnano, Piedmontese egg pasta, the water of the Maritime Alps, and Piedmont and Veneto wine, as well as Italian meats and cheeses.
Castel Gandolfo Day Trip
Castel Gandolfo is a beautiful, small town located in the green Alban hills, overlooking a breathtaking volcanic crater lake. The area is now famously known as the Pope’s summer residence. You'll enjoy a delicious lunch at Sorcapanna restaurant, located a few steps away from Palazzo Pontificio. After lunch, you'll have some free time to explore the town and treat yourself to gelato before returning to Rome.
Gianicolo Walking Tour
The Gianicolo is the second tallest hill in Rome, which provides the most breathtaking view of the city. The tour includes exploring famous monuments, churches, and the beautiful Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. The walk is quite the hike, but the wonderful view will be worth every step. You’ll also discover the reason behind the traditional firing of the cannon at noon that sets off the church bell towers of Rome.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
For course descriptions, click here.
If you have any questions please contact our Global Advising Center, 877-617-9090.
Here's your chance to experience Rome on a genuine and profound level. Seated on the green, quiet Janiculum hill overlooking one of the oldest cities of civilization, the American University of Rome (AUR) offers students a unique and insightful educational opportunity. AUR is proud of its challenging and authentic curriculum, as well as its vibrant international community. You'll meet people from all over the globe. The student body includes Americans, local Italian students, and other international students from over 40 countries.
Simply visiting Rome as a tourist isn't enough to understand this complex city. As a student living at AUR, you'll gain deeper insight and appreciation into the life of Rome. Exciting student activities and AUR's expert staff will help you feel right at home. You'll have the experience of a lifetime!
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.
Accreditation(s): 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
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Italy, Mediterranean Culture (Summer)
Country Director of Italy
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalAugust 29OrientationAugust 30 - September 1Classes StartSeptember 3Classes EndDecember 7; Exams: December 10 - 13DepartureDecember 14PRICE$16,450
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 23 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 24 - 25 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 28 (Estimated)Classes EndMay 8 (Estimated)DepartureMay 15 (Estimated)PRICE$16,450 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $400! Travel to either Paris or Rome during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $400.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Orientation upon arrival
- Local excursions, 1 day trip and 1 overnight trip
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program