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Why Rome?

When it comes to studying education in Italy, there’s no place like Rome. From Montessori schools to Italy’s inclusive education model, Rome has been the birthplace of various revolutionary education practices. Learn about the history of schooling in Italy on our Early Childhood Education Program, and gain hands-on experience in local classrooms that give you an inside look at global topics affecting the education world today.

What You'll Study

While studying abroad in Rome, you take courses on child development, cross cultural psychology, the Italian education system, and more. Learn about the historical roots of Italy’s educational policies and discover the international impact of the work of Italian pedagogues like Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi, and Don Lorenzo Milani. As part of your coursework, you’ll also spend time in preschools in Rome and Bologna observing best education practices and witnessing the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches at work.

An Italian language course supplements your education studies, and you can choose to enroll in Italian-taught or English-taught courses at Rome’s prestigious Università degli Studi Roma Tre. A variety of course disciplines are available in our other Rome programs as well, so you can complement your education studies with courses in Film, Sociology, History, Classics, and more.

You also have the option to gain international education experience by taking on an internship or service learning/social action placement. Possible placements include assisting at a local elementary or middle school, giving your time in a shelter for young girls and mothers, teaching English at a not-for-profit, or working at a daycare or children’s library. No matter your education interests, you’ll be able to actively pursue them in Rome.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. While in Rome, you take 15-19 credits per semester by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • IES Abroad Italian language course at your proficiency level (required, 4 or 8 credits)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad courses from another Rome program (optional, 3 credits each)
  • English- or Italian-taught courses at a local university (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Service learning/social action placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Internship or Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (3 credits each, optional)


    This is a list of planned course offerings and these courses are taught at the IES Abroad Center by local faculty. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

    To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

    Child Development

    • CD/ED254 - Child Development: Italian Best Practices in Preschool Education (Fall, Spring)
    • CD/PS361 - Developmental Psychology (Fall, Spring)



    Internship Seminar


    Service Learning


    Partner Institution(s)

    Most partner institution courses are worth 3 credits. Please note the program start and end dates may change if you are taking a university course.

    Registration & Advising
    Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Rome; however you will need to refer to current course offerings in order to pre-register as part of your application.

    Università degli Studi Roma Tre
    Founded in 1992 as Rome’s third university, Roma Tre has become the city’s second largest, with over 35,000 students, and has gained a significant reputation in the Italian academic world thanks to its quality programs and international focus. Roma Tre offers advanced Italian-taught courses to students who are proficient in Italian. There is also the possibility of taking English-taught courses in the Political Science department.

    Students may select Italian-taught courses in:

    • Humanities
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Sciences

    Students may select English-taught courses in:

    • Political Science

    Location & Commute Time
    The campuses of Roma Tre are located throughout the city. The main campus is located in Piramide/Ostiense area in the southern part of the city. Directions to the locations of different faculties are located on Roma Tre's website. Rome is not a “university town” in the sense that student life is clustered around the universities; therefore, it takes about 45 minutes on the bus to travel from Roma Tre to the IES Abroad Rome Center.

    Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
    RUFA is a private art academy north of Rome’s historic center near Piazza Verbano. IES Abroad students studying the fine arts with at least one semester of college-level Italian language can enroll in one course at RUFA. Students can choose from courses in:

    • Painting & Drawing
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

    Commute Time
    The commute time from RUFA to the IES Abroad Rome Center is about 45 minutes to one hour by the bus. Rome is not a “university town” in the sense that student life is clustered around the universities. The public transportation system in Rome is called the ATAC (l'Agenzia per la Mobilità del Comune di Roma).

    Accademia di Costume e Moda
    The Accademia di Costume e Moda is one of the most famous Fashion Academies in Rome. It is located in the very heart of Rome, close to the IES Abroad Center. The academy was founded in Rome in 1964 with the sponsorship of the city of Rome. The Accademia offers English-taught courses in:

    • Fashion communication
    • Fashion design
    • Fashion styling


    Interning while you study in Rome gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

    • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
    • Add global work experience and skills to your resume or your application for graduate school
    • Improve your confidence

    All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Our Rome Center offers two types of internships with a seminar designed to complement that type of internship. The two internship options are:

    • Traditional Internship
    • Archaeology Internship

    Personalized Placements
    Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the idea internship, social action, or archaeology placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We've placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don't currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we ill search for a placement that's right for you.

    Placement Fields

    • Archaeology
    • Art & Art History
    • Business & Marketing
    • Communication
    • Education
    • Humanities
    • Human Rights
    • Immigration & Social Inclusion
    • International Relations
    • Journalism
    • Media
    • Not-for-Profits
    • Political Science
    • Public Policy & Health
    • Sociology & Urban Policies
    • Tourism

    Archaeology Internships
    If you’re interested in archaeology, you can participate in a seminar on the theory and practice of archaeological excavations. This option is designed to give an introduction to best field practices in stratigraphy, documentation, ancient building techniques and cataloging finds. Internship placements for this option include local excavations or museum work on archaeological materials.

    Service Learning

    Social Action/Service Learning

    Participating in a social action/service learning experience in Rome is an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining a much deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. These cause-driven placements have you working alongside local people toward a common goal, in which you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Rome.

    A social action/service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by an academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community.

    Possible placements may include organizations focused on:

    • Development & Microfinance
    • Education
    • Environment & Food Policy
    • Human Rights
    • Immigration
    • Public Health
    • Social Inclusion

    Field Trips & Events

    Even though your adventure starts in Rome, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the cultures and traditions of your host country. Several two-day field trips are organized each semester. You may choose one field trip, which is subsidized by IES Abroad. You have the option of signing up for other field trips at your own cost if spots are available. Here are a few possible destinations:

    Amalfi Coast
    2 Days | Fall & Spring
    Enjoy the stunning coast by boat. Explore the coastal towns of Amalfi and Ravello. Visit the amazing archaeological sites of Paestum and take taste the products of a local farm.

    2 Days | Fall & Spring
    Tour the countryside of one of Italy’s most unique regions, with its gorgeous landscapes and rich artistic legacy. You will also visit the sites of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

    IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

    Course-Related Trips

    IES Abroad Rome organizes more than 150 course-related trips each semester that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your knowledge of Italian culture and society. A few possible course-related trips include:

    • Etruscan Burial Grounds of Cerveteri & Tarquinia
    • Sperlonga - Remains ans sculptures of the ancient villa of the emperor Tiberius
    • Monasteries of Subiaco
    • Tivoli - Villa of the emperor Hadrian and Villa and gardens of the Este family
    • Florence
    • Ostia Antica & Pompeii
    • Assisi
    • Roman aqueducts in the Italian countryside

    Daily Life

    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.


    The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to our Rome staff, your fellow students, and the city of Rome. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during the week.

    Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.


    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.

    Italiano a Casa
    If you are interested in improving your language proficiency, you may opt to sign an Italian-only language pledge with your roommates or homestay family.

    Share apartments with other IES Abroad students and have the option of living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian student who provides opportunities to engage in cultural activities. Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally accommodate four to seven students, with two to three IES Abroad students sharing a bedroom. Internet access is available in every apartment. Meals are not included, but apartments offer equipped kitchens.

    Located throughout the city, homestays generally house one to two students. You receive breakfast daily and have the option of sharing three evening meals each week with your host family.

    Internet access is available.

    Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

    Redefine the way you live and learn in Rome through our cultural events, such as:

    • Participating in cooking classes and visits to the local farmer's markets
    • Taking part in papal audience on Wednesdays
    • Attending outings to art exhibitions, concerts, and the opera
    • Enjoying Italian regional specialties at trattoria nights
    • Joining the IES Abroad-sponsored soccer team

    Get to Know Your New City

    Discover the Ins and Outs of World-Famous Landmarks

    The Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican…the list of historic sites in Rome is endless. Our programs take you beyond the tourist visits and inside the cultural and historic significance of these landmarks.

    Watch Roma Game

    Soccer is more than a sport in Italy. Soak in the passion and pride at an A.S. Roma game in the Stadio Olimpico.

    Shop at Local Farmer's Market

    Spend the morning picking up produce, cured meats, freshly baked bread, and Rome’s famous mozzarella di bufala. Pro tip: Make it a picnic with your local friends and head to a park or piazza to enjoy!

    Take in a Panoramic View of the City

    While founded on seven hills, Rome is actually surrounded by 10. Take your pick and climb to the top for the best views of the city.

    Take a Cooking Class

    There’s no denying the mouthwatering food of Rome. Partake in the Center-sponsored cooking class, where you’ll learn the techniques and traditions of Roman cooking first-hand.

    Program Cost

    Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

    Term: Fall 2018
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Fall 2018
    Academic Year

    Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

    $5 Million in Financial Aid

    We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.