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  • Rome, Italy
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Why Rome?

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.

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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.

Academics

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 Coliseum
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Arch of Constantine
  • The Catacombs of St. Callistus
  • St. Peter’s Tomb
  • San Clemente
  • Santa Sabina
  • Santi Quattro Coronati
  • Palazzo Valentini

Courses

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL/HS/AH 250 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity J-Term English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL/HS/AH 250 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity J-Term English 3
Religious Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL/HS/AH 250 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity J-Term English 3

Field Trips & Events

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.

Course-Related Trips

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.

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.

Orientation

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
  • Personal safety
  • 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.

Housing

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.

Program Cost

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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.

Our 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.

Features include:

  • Multi-media academic facilities
  • Auditorium used for conferences and guest lectures
  • Rooftop terrace with city views
  • Internet and WiFi printer access
  • Reading room and study area

Our Staff

Dott. Gianni Ponti

Center Director

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.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Rome Staff

Monica Bandella
Italian Language Coordinator

Sara Coppolella
Student Services Assistant

Simona Di Giustino
Academic & Internship Coordinator

Valeria De Mori
Academic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager

Arianna Gaffi
Student Services & Housing Coordinator

Silvana Sodini
Health & Safety Advisor

Luisa Taffara
Center Manager & Administrator