Program Overview

Your Semester in Rome takes place at the American University of Rome, located in the historic Trastevere district near the Vatican and a collection of international embassies. You’ll feel at home at this US-style campus on a hill that offers the same atmosphere and amenities you’re accustomed to. It serves as the perfect setting for you to take roots as you explore the city and the unique blend of ancient and modern that only Rome can offer.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: June 1
Avg Course Load
4-5 classes (12-16 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian
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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

COURSE APPROVAL

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.

GPA REQUIREMENT

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.

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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Life in Rome

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive 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.

Housing Options

On Semester in Rome, you’ll live with other AUR program participants in beautiful student apartments. The apartments are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods. This housing is ideal for students looking for a “full immersion” cultural experience.

Each apartment is equipped with:

  • Basic furnishings and supplies
  • One single bed per student
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Closet/clothing storage space
  • Typical basic Italian cookware and kitchenware, a table, and chairs
  • Furnished sitting area
  • Shared desks
  • Washing machine
  • A personal computer (PC) with unlimited, no additional cost access to the internet as well as wireless access for those with wireless-ready laptops
  • A landline phone with 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. Compared to other parts of Rome, these neighborhoods have more green spaces, 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-serve basis. A single-name roommate request will be taken into consideration but is not guaranteed.

Rome Forum

Local Life

  • 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!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

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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. ​

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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.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Zachary Bookman
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Europe

Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.

Learn more about Zachary

Romina Marchionne
Country Director of Italy

Travel Tip: If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

Learn more about Romina

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    January 22
    Orientation
    January 23-25
    Classes Start
    January 27
    Classes End
    May 5; Exams: May 6-11
    Departure
    May 12
    PRICE
    $16,990
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    August 28 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 13 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $16,990 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

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
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program