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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Language Pre-requisite: none
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Language Courses Offered: YES Housing: Shared Apt.
Internship: No Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

Students directly enroll in American University of Rome (AUR). AUR is a small, private, liberal-arts college which conducts its entire academic program in English. The majority of degree-seeking students are European; however AUR accepts several hundred study abroad students from many U.S. universities each semester. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at AUR and can participate in all campus extra-curricular activities. 


AUR logoFounded in 1969 as an independent, coeducational, four-year institution grounded in American higher education culture, The American University of Rome is located in a beautiful villa located on Rome's highest hill, the Gianicolo, on the right bank of the Tiber River. The university has an international enrollment from all over Europe and its faculty comes from leading educational, business, and government centers throughout Europe and the United States.

The AUR villa and associated buildings offer a complete range of facilities, including classrooms, art and design studios, and a student lounge. Adjacent to the villa is a newly renovated building that houses the library, computer laboratories, faculty offices and classrooms. You will take courses at American University of Rome (AUR), located in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome. Enjoy classes with international faculty who emphasize Italian culture in every aspect of the curriculum. On-site lectures and field trips bring the lessons of the classroom into the ancient structures that make up the city of Rome.


Rome as a classroomEarn a full semester or a year of American University (AU) undergraduate credit. All courses, except language courses, are taught in English. Students with no prior study of Italian are required to take at least one Italian language course as part of the program. Language courses are available at all levels. 

Students are required to secure course equivalencies.  Syllabi for the current term will be available in the pre-registration period after the student has been accepted for the program.  

Student Life

The American University of Rome is set in The Eternal City; Rome is filled with legacies of the past, such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Contemporary Rome also offers a host of activities, notably theater, art and music and politics.

Housing & Meals

Roman neighborhoodTo help you get a more authentic feel for local culture and lifestyle, AUR provides students with typical  italian-style, furnished apartments, in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.  In this setting, alongside Italian neighbors, students live "the Italian way", not only better integrating into the community and sharing the experience of daily Roman life, but also having the invaluable opportunity to truly act as ambassadors from their own home countries.

AUR places students in furnished apartments within areas of Rome convenient to the university campus: Trastevere, Monteverde, Colli Portuense and Giancolense. These apartments are generally assigned with 4-6 students living in 2-3 bedrooms. All apartments have kitchen facilities, are non-smoking and single-sex. All apartments are in close proximity to public transportation. Students should expect around a 30 min commute to AUR.

While living in Rome, you can cook meals in your apartment's kitchen facilities or enjoy the cuisine served at Rome's many cafés and restaurants. There are no meals included in this program, but no worries, you won't go hungry in Rome!

Student Activities

St. PetersThe American University of Rome has an active Student Life Office. They strive to complement the academics by providing and supporting opportunities for learning through extra-curricular activities. The office assists with non-academic issues, encourages student participation in Italian culture and daily life and supports student social life both on and off campus. There are several clubs, organization and recreational sports leagues where students can get involved on campus. The Student Life Office also arranges the travel plans for field trips and events in conjunction with the academic departments.

Visa Information

Upon acceptance, AUR and AU Abroad staff will provide students with letters to obtain their Student Visa. Students are responsible for contacting the Italian Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.

After obtaining a student visa, all students without Italian Citizenship must also obtain a "Permit to Stay" with the assistance of EduServices. There is a $200 fee for the Permit to Stay.

You will be able to contact alumni of this program once you start an application.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 05/19/2019
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Rome on this date. End date is tentative.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 12/14/2018
NOTE: The start date is your arrival date in country. You are responsible for ensuring you arrive in Rome on this date.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Varies by program 01/23/2019 05/16/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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