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Rome, the eternal city, offers a wide variety of exciting experiences for study abroad students. More than 2,500 years of history have formed the city’s unique character, and walking in Rome is a constant voyage of discovery. While the past is inescapable in Rome, the contemporary city is a vibrant, bustling metropolis of 3 million people. Home to the Vatican, Rome provides the perfect setting to study the early Christian church.
What You'll Study
Examine the early Christian church from the role Pontius Pilate played in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, to the inception and adoption of Nicene Christianity throughout the Roman Empire in the 4th century. Home to the Vatican, Rome provides the perfect setting to study the early Christian church and to visit many of the archaeological sites associated with the early centuries of Christianity.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible, which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
You enroll in one course for 3 credits. The focus of the course is to examine the early Christian church from the role Pontius Pilate played in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, to the inception and adoption of Nicene Christianity throughout the Roman Empire in the fourth century. The course is taught in English and incorporates extensive course-related excursions to places in and around Rome such as:
The IES Abroad Rome J-Term program includes one two-day field trip. Recent J-Term groups have traveled to Naples and Pompeii. Example activities include:
Naples Enjoy guided tours throughout the historical city center including site visits to the Cloister of Santa Chiara dating back to the 1700’s, the Cappella San Severo home to the incredible Veiled Christ marble sculpture, and the catacombs of San Gennaro, the underground paleo-Christian burial site dating back to the third and fourth century.
Pompeii Destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the first century A.D., view the perfectly preserved wall paintings in Roman houses, villas and bath complexes, and observe plaster casts of fleeing citizens buried by scorching ash.
IES Abroad Rome organizes course-related trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.
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 begins the day after the arrival day. Conducted by IES Abroad staff, the one-day orientation program takes place in and around Rome and includes a guided tour of the city so you can quickly adapt to your new environment. Orientation sessions will include discussions on:
IES Abroad Academics and Policies
Practical aspects of life in Rome including: public transportation, banking, and shopping
You will also receive an IES Abroad Rome USB drive with important information on the IES Abroad Rome Program, Rome city living, and useful information for your time abroad.
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.
Shared Apartments Located throughout the city of Rome, apartments are shared with an Italian Student Companion (ISC), a local Italian host who is a student or young professional. Apartments are furnished, single-sex, and generally house four to seven students, with two to three sharing a bedroom. Apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen, and you are responsible for your own meals. Apartments also offer wireless Internet access.
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.