Semester in Rome

Semester 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:

A timeless, exciting city - Rome is characterized by open-air cafés, quaint outdoor markets, timeless monuments, and the juxtaposition of ancient and modern architecture. Get lost in the streets and find yourself in the vibrant rhythms of the city’s timeless beauty.

Central location – Semester in Rome is located near the historic Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. Around the campus, you will find many famous Roman monuments and museums such as Vatican City, the Castle of St Angelo, Campo de' Fiori and Navona Square.

A wide variety of courses taught by distinguished faculty – Semester in Rome offers a variety of exciting courses in art history, archaeology & classical studies, communication & film, business studies, international relations & global politics, fine arts, and Italian language & culture. Study Italian in Rome- where better to learn Italian?

Museums, monuments, and concerts galore – There’s a never-ending list of museums to visit, monuments to see, and concerts to attend. Spend a dream semester taking in everything you’ve read about in the history books: the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Pantheon, and more.

A chance to live the motto “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” – We encourage you to immerse yourself in the culture, engage in the day-to-day life of a Roman, and do as much as possible to truly get a taste of the Roman way of life.

Extracurricular activities, student excursions, and social events – Semester in Rome offers you a number of opportunities for more exposure to Italian life and culture. These activities include movie nights, cooking classes, gelato nights, theater nights, soccer matches, and wine tastings.

Highlights and Excursions

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

  • Small class sizes guarantee individual academic attention - study Italian in Rome, what better place to learn? 
  • Courses are varied, site-oriented, and taught by highly qualified faculty 
  • 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 soccer (called calcio in Italian), food and drink, art, cinema, and architecture 
  • Student excursions, activities, and social opportunities 
  • A central location for travel throughout Europe 

Vivi all'italiana! Live like an Italian!

Our Site Director, a native Roman, will take you on excursions and activities to introduce you to life as a Roman. Examples of activities include:

  • Open air market experience 
  • Day trip to Roman Castles area 
  • Olive and Grape picking (Fall only) 
  • Kayaking or hiking by Castel Gandolfo lake 
  • Aperitivo in the Italian-style

When studying in Rome, students enjoy a variety of excursions, both locally in Rome as well as in locations such as Tuscany, Pompeii, Pisa and Mount Vesuvius. Our on-site staff, Romina, born and raised in Rome, ensures that students get to know Rome more intimately by visiting places not frequented by tourists. Among the local excursions are tours of Roman Castles and a trip to the “Best Gelato Experience” in Rome. All local excursions are included in students' program fees.

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

A weekend trip to Tuscany This weekend trip groups you with students from other programs and will take you into some of Tuscany's most famous towns- Pisa, Florence, Trequanda, and Montecatini. Enjoy having your picture taken in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, immersing yourself in the rich medieval history of Florence, and tasting wine in the beautiful city of Trequanda. From bustling cities to quaint town squares to breathtaking lanscapes, this excursion will allow you to experience Italy in a way that not many students will be able to. Along with these visits to Tuscany's best historic and artistic sites, you will also have time to relax, do some shopping, and explore the cities at your leisure.

A day trip to Tuscany In this trip, you will learn about century-long Italian food and wine traditions in a single day. You'll visit a 16th century Tuscan farm house where you can improve your wine-tasting palate with a lesson recognizing excellence in wine-making. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch consisting of traditional Tuscan peasant food in the Fattoria del Colle. Finally, in the afternoon you'll be able to explore the farm house and the chamber of the Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany.

A day trip to Assisi This trip will allow you to expereince the incredible history of art and religion in the city of Assisi. Let yourself be awed by the Basilica of San Francesco and the city's many medieval castles and cathedrals. On this trip, you'll have a chance to visit some of the main historical and artistic treasures of Assisi. Along with these cultural experiences, you'll have time to do some wandering and relaxing on your own.

A 2-day trip to Capri, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and Pompeii If you're looking for a more active excursion, consider a trip to Capri and Pompeii. Here, you'll tour the Isle of Capri, enjoying coastal walks along the incredible Mediterranean sea. Then, you'll check out the excavations at the buried city of Pompeii, staying overnight in the cliffside town of Sorrento. A highlight of this trip is climbing to the summit of the famous volcano Mount Vesuvius.

On Semester in Rome, you will 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 will 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.


Courses include art history, cultural studies, history, Italian language, Italian studies, literature and creative writing, political science, and studio art.

For a full list of course offerings for Fall 2011, please click here.
For a full list of course offerings for Spring 2011, please click here.

Campus Setting



4 courses (16 credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and Italian

Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: January 21
End Date: May 15

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: August 27
End Date: December 13

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Local excursions to help you get the most out of Rome
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • American University of Rome Official Transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*
*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“Rome may be touristy, but there's good reason. It's beautiful at every season. The weather, sky and sun paint the city in a new fantastic light at every hour. It's also incredibly livable, no wonder people have lived there for thousands of years.”

Aaron F.