Summer in Rome

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This summer, live like the Romans. (Maybe better.)

A stellar summer program with exciting academic courses! Our Summer in Rome program offers the perfect study abroad experience: an array of courses at a distinguished institution, a wealth of co-curricular activities, and a city famous for cuisine, culture, and nightlife. Study at the American University of Rome, located on top of the Janiculum, one of Rome’s highest hills, overlooking the city’s historic center. Take innovative classes on a pine tree-studded urban campus that offers all the amenities that you’re accustomed to, and easily explore Rome’s impressive landmarks and ruins.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 2 courses (6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Small classes sizes guarantee individual academic attention
  • Courses are site-oriented and taught by highly qualified faculty
  • World-renowned architecture, museums, and historical sites
  • One day trip included, and two optional excursion add ons
  • Explore local soccer culture and make local friends

Program Details

American University of Rome

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Humanities
  • Italian

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Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

Why Life in 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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!

Housing in Rome

Location

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 (ex. 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. This housing is ideal for students looking for a “full immersion” cultural experience.

All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments, and house 6 students on average in shared rooms with single beds. Students are assisted with maintenance and other issues that may arise during the occupancy.

Watch Mariana’s housing video to get an idea of what apartments in Rome are like!

In addition to the amenities listed below, each apartment is equipped with:

  • 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

Meals

The apartments have full kitchens, typical basic Italian cookware, and kitchenware, a table, and chairs so you can cook all the Italian feasts your heart desires.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Maintenance Service
  • Study Areas
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi

Note on Apartment Assignment

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

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation upon arrival
  • 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
  • Local excursions and 1 day trip
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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 & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Eataly Food Tour

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 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

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Romina is a native Roman with degrees in International Communications (2005) and International Relations (2007) at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Rome and began her study abroad career working for IES. In Rome, she began pursing her M.A. in International Affairs at the SIOI. After completing an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, her career took a turn as 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 2008-09, Romina completed two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009, she began working for the Italian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which then led her to cover the same position at the Italian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. In Spring 2011, the Italian government ordered embassy staff to return home due to the uncertain situation of the Arab Spring. Ever since, Romina has enjoyed her return to the eternal city, and to her career in study abroad through CIS Abroad.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: Mar 15
  • Arrival: May 26
  • Departure: June 26
  • Price: $5,890
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: June 30
  • Departure: July 30
  • Price: $5,890
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15
  • Arrival: May 26
  • Departure: July 30
  • Price: $9,990
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 26 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,890 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 26 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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