Summer is the perfect time to explore the city of Rome while practicing your Italian language skills. Our Rome Summer Language & Culture Program offers a variety of language courses, ranging from beginning to advanced, taught by expert faculty trained in second language acquisition. Practice all four skills (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) while focusing on your oral proficiency. During your time in Rome, you won’t just speak the language—you’ll learn what makes the Italian culture one of a kind.
Over the course of the summer, you will come to know Rome's lively piazzas, winding streets, and unique charm. The Rome Language & Culture Program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses including an Italian language course, housing in student apartments, and field trips; you will have the opportunity to meet Italian and international students alike. Starting at the IES Abroad Center beside the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo, this program will help you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
COURSESYou enroll in a required Italian language course and one English-taught area studies course, for a total of 6 credits. Placement in the IES Abroad language course is determined by an on-site language placement test conducted during orientation.
Along with your Italian classes, you choose an English-taught area studies course. These classes encourage experiential learning by making the city’s historical, artistic, and architectural wealth your classroom. Area studies courses offered in the past include:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad Rome organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rome, it will feel like home.
Live with other IES Abroad students, or have the option of living with a local university student, which provides more opportunities to engage in local culture and activities.
Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to six students, with two IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Internet access is available. Meals are not included, but apartments offer equipped kitchens.
Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Orientation lasts one day and introduces you to:
Explore Italian culture and get to know your classmates through cooking classes, trattoria nights, and daytrips to the Roman beachside.
Explore Italy through IES Abroad-organized field trips. The cost of one field trip is included in the program fee. Possible locations include:
About the Center
Situated in the heart of Rome along the Tiber River across from the Castel Sant’ Angelo, the IES Abroad Rome Center is a newly renovated 1920s-era building within walking distance of the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.
Dott. Ponti is an archaeologist specialized in Imperial Roman architecture. After earning a BA in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dott. Ponti obtained a Laurea in archaeology from the University of Rome. He has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, including Troy, Aphrodisias and Leptis Magna. His studies and research focus on the use of marble in Roman construction, the ancient marble trade, quarrying and carving techniques. Dott. Ponti has worked on a number of excavations in Rome, including the Palatine Hill and the Imperial Fora. He has done research for the Department of Antiquities on a number of conservation projects including the Ara Pacis, the Column of Trajan and the Arch of Constantine. He is currently directing an excavation at the Villa of Maxentius on the Via Appia, as well as conducting architectural studies at Leptis Magna, Libya, with the Università di Rome Tre. Dott. Ponti has taught at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro of the Department of Antiquities and is currently Archaeology Advisor of the American Academy in Rome. He has been teaching archaeology courses at IES Abroad Rome since 2004. Starting in 2007 he became the Academic Dean of the Rome Center, and in 2013 became the IES Abroad Rome Center Director.
IES Abroad StaffSimona Di GiustinoAcademic & Internship Coordinator
Valeria De MoriAcademic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager
Loredana De SantisAdministrative Assistant
Arianna GaffiStudent Services & Housing Coordinator
Silvana SodiniHealth & Safety Advisor
Luisa TaffaraCenter Manager & Administrator
Monica BandellaItalian LanguagePhD - Italian Studies, University of Salzburg
Alberto BitontiInternational RelationsPhD - Political Theory and Public Affairs, University of Roma Tre
Giulia BotteroItalian LanguagePhD - Foreign Languages, Università di Venezia, Ca' Foscari.
Barbara BrigantiArt HistoryProfessor of History of Garden Architecture at the Facoltà di Architettura "Valle Giulia"
Maddalena CardarelliItalian LanguageLettere all'università di Roma I, " La Sapienza"
Barbara CastaldoLiterature and AnthropologyPhD - Italian Studies, New York University
Stefano CastellaniPhotographyMA- Latin Epigraphy, La Sapienza University of Rome
Giovanni CeciAnthropology and Sociology
PhD - Contemporary History, University of Roma Tre
Alessandro CoppolaUrban StudiesPhD - Urban Studies, University of Roma Tre
Efisio EspaEconomicsDegree in Economics, University of Siena
Laura FasanaroInternational RelationsPhD - International Relations, University of Florence
Anna Ferrari AggradiItalian LanguageDegree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Roma La Sapienza; DITALS Certificate for Teaching of Italian as a Foreign Lanague from the University of Siena
Daniele FiorentinoHistoryPhD - U.S. History, University of Kansas; Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Rome I “La Sapienza”
Valentina FolloRoman HistoryPhD in Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania
Federica GiacominiArt HistoryMA - Art History, University of Rome I “La Sapienza”; Ph.D. in Art History and Conservation, University of Tuscia
Paola IacoboneItalian Theater
PhD Candidate - Applied Theater, University of Naples "L'Orientale"
Lori KingReligious StudiesPhD - Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University
Philip LarreyReligious StudiesPhD in Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University; S.T.B (BA in Theology), Pontifical University of St. Thomas
Elisabetta LodoliFilm StudiesMA - California Institute of the Arts
Marta MarchettiTheater/LiteraturePhD - Theater, Université de Paris VII and the University of Siena
Claudia MariottiPolitical SciencePhD – Political Sociology, University of Roma Tre
Registilla Aloisi MasellaItalian LanguageDegree in Translation for French and English; Specialization certificate from DILIT in Teaching Italian as a Second Language; Oral Proficiency in Italian from ACTFEL
Renato MoroHistoryPh.D. in History, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"Provost, University of Rome III
Gianni PontiArt HistoryBA in Classics, UNC; Graduate Degree in Archaeology, Università di Roma 2
Pier Paolo RacioppiArt HistoryPhD - Medieval and Modern Art History, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"
Valentina SantoroAnthropology and History
Lara in Classical Archaeology, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"
Silvia ZanazziInternship SeminarPhD - Educational Research, La Sapienza University of Rome
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