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Why Rome?

It is impossible to avoid the past in Rome. It eagerly waits for you around every corner, hoping to intrigue you with a worn-down step, surprise you with an unexpected fountain, or inspire you with soaring architecture. Come study Rome’s unmatched historic and artistic past while simultaneously learning about its modern role in international politics and business.

 

What You'll Study

With a range of courses in various disciplines, our Language & Area Studies Program gives you the opportunity to study Rome through a variety of academic lenses—from Economics to Journalism. You enroll in four area studies courses, as well as an Italian language course. No matter your current level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you.

You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship or service learning/social action placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Daily Life

Immerse yourself into Roman life by enrolling in courses at a local university or living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC)—a local university student who becomes your host and a resource to help you make the most of living and learning in Rome.

Rome will be your classroom. Can you imagine places like the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Forum, or the Colosseum being part of your education? Our courses are experiential in nature, and we organize more than 150 course-related trips each semester to historic, artistic, and cultural sites that take advantage of the city’s many opportunities.

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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. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Rome, you take 15–19 credits per semester. Our goal is to make sure your academic needs are met. You can craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following course types:

  • Italian language courses (required, 4 or 8 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center.
  • Area studies courses (required, 3 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center in English or Italian in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Service learning/Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Internship or Archeology Internship (optional, 3 credits)
  • Local university courses (optional, 3 credits) are offered in English or Italian. You take these classes alongside local students.

Most students take two to four IES Abroad area studies courses. Please note that some courses have prerequisites.

Advanced Italian Studies Program
If you have taken four or more semesters of Italian, this option provides a full immersion experience and develops full intercultural competence. If you elect to take part in the Advanced Italian Studies option, which includes an Italian Language Pledge, you customize your academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • IT401 Italian Language & Culture: Emerging Competent Abroad
  • Università degli Studi Roma Tre course(s) in the Humanities & Social Sciences
  • IES Abroad area studies courses taught in Italian
  • Internship or social action placement in Italian

Courses

This is a full list of courses offered in Rome. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings for your term in your MyIESabroad account. The final course list for each term will depend on faculty availability, students interested in each course, and discipline diversity.

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.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 325 - Light of the Dark Ages: Medieval Art and Architecture in Rome Fall, Spring English 3
AH 331 - Creative Genius: Art & Architecture in Baroque Rome Fall, Spring English 3
AR/AH 312 - Repairing the Past: Conservation, Theory and Practice Fall, Spring English 4
CL/AH 225 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 243 - Scripta Manent: Latin Epigraphy Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 261 - The Splendor of Roman Art Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 265 - Classical Mythology: Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome Fall, Spring English 3
HS/AH 231 - The Renaissance and Its Classical Heritage Fall, Spring English 3
HS/AH/RL 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity Fall, Spring, Winter Quarter English 3
HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii Fall, Spring English 3
US/AH 230 - Roman Architecture & Urban Design Fall, Spring English 3
US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum Fall, Spring English 3
Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/SO 342 - Social Issues in Southern Italy Fall, Spring English 3
SO/AN 350 - Organized Crime in Italy: Mafias, Murders, and Business Fall, Spring English 3
Art
Course Name Term Language Credits
AR/AH 312 - Repairing the Past: Conservation, Theory and Practice Fall, Spring English 4
Child Development
Course Name Term Language Credits
ED/CD 254 - Child Development: Italian Best Practices in Preschool Education Fall, Spring English 3
PS/CD 361 - Developmental Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
Classics
Course Name Term Language Credits
CL/AH 225 - Forma Urbis: The Archaeology of Ancient Rome Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 243 - Scripta Manent: Latin Epigraphy Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 261 - The Splendor of Roman Art Fall, Spring English 3
CL/AH 265 - Classical Mythology: Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome Fall, Spring English 3
HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii Fall, Spring English 3
IN/CL 395 - Archaeological Excavation: Field Methods and Practice Internship & Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
LT/CL/LN 323 - Latin Language and Literature Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
JR/CM 316 - Truth Telling: Ethical Journalism in the Age of Instant Media Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/CU 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 341 - Italian Economy Within the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
Education
Course Name Term Language Credits
ED/CD 254 - Child Development: Italian Best Practices in Preschool Education Fall, Spring English 3
PP/ED 200 - Inclusive Education. A Critical View on Integration Policies in the Italian Education System Fall, Spring English 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 200 - Lights, Camera, Action: Making a Film in Rome Fall, Spring English 3
FS 250 - Documentary Filmmaking Spring English 3
FS 315 - From Cinecitta Studios to Real Locations: A Survey of Italian Cinema in Rome Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 236 - Empire Building: History and Myth of Ancient Rome Fall, Spring English 3
HS 250 - Post-War Italy: The Making of a Difficult Democracy Fall, Spring English 3
HS 335 - Italian Fascism: the First Totalitarian Political Religion Fall, Spring English 3
HS/AH 231 - The Renaissance and Its Classical Heritage Fall, Spring English 3
HS/AH/RL 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity Fall, Spring, Winter Quarter English 3
HS/CL/AH 252 - The Last Days of Pompeii Fall, Spring English 3
HS/IR 334 - Italy and the Mediterranean World Fall, Spring English 3
IR/HS 343 - Italy and the United States: History of a Long-Standing Interaction Fall, Spring English 3
IR/HS 346 - Cold War Europe: A History Fall, Spring English 3
PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli Spring English 3
RL/HS 260 - The Jews of Rome: Sites and Times of the Oldest Diaspora in the World Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/CU 348 - Cultural Heritage: Business and Strategies Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
IN/CL 395 - Archaeological Excavation: Field Methods and Practice Internship & Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/IR 334 - Italy and the Mediterranean World Fall, Spring English 3
IR/HS 343 - Italy and the United States: History of a Long-Standing Interaction Fall, Spring English 3
IR/HS 346 - Cold War Europe: A History Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 265 - Terrorism: Startegies of Distruction Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO/IR 347 - The Wall: Borders, Violence and Separation in the Contemporary World Fall, Spring English 3
Italian
Course Name Term Language Credits
IT 101 - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 102 - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad II Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 201I - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Intensive Fall Italian 8
IT 301 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Independent I Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 301I - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Intenstive Spring English 8
IT 303 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Independent III Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 351 - Italian Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 401 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring Italian 4
Journalism
Course Name Term Language Credits
JR/CM 316 - Truth Telling: Ethical Journalism in the Age of Instant Media Fall, Spring English 3
Latin
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT/CL/LN 323 - Latin Language and Literature Fall, Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT/CL/LN 323 - Latin Language and Literature Fall, Spring English 3
Photography
Course Name Term Language Credits
PG 235 - Photographing Art & Monuments Fall, Spring English 3
Philosophy
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 221 - Contemporary Italian Politics Fall, Spring English 3
PO/HS/PH 355 - Politics and Philosophy of Power in the Land of Machiavelli Spring English 3
PO/IR 265 - Terrorism: Startegies of Distruction Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO/IR 347 - The Wall: Borders, Violence and Separation in the Contemporary World Fall, Spring English 3
Public Policy
Course Name Term Language Credits
PP/ED 200 - Inclusive Education. A Critical View on Integration Policies in the Italian Education System Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PP 240 - Valuing Diversity? Italian Contemporary Immigration and Integration Policies Fall, Spring English 3
Psychology
Course Name Term Language Credits
PS 360 - Cross-Cultural Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
PS/CD 361 - Developmental Psychology Fall, Spring English 3
Religious Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/AH/RL 253 - From Pontius Pilate to Theodosius: The Advent of Christianity Fall, Spring, Winter Quarter English 3
RL 236 - Mystics, Philosophers, Saints and Sinners: Studies in the Roman Catholic Tradition Fall, Spring English 3
RL 341 - Issues in the Contemporary Roman Catholic Church Fall, Spring English 3
RL/HS 260 - The Jews of Rome: Sites and Times of the Oldest Diaspora in the World Fall, Spring English 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL/SO 395 - Social Action Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/SO 342 - Social Issues in Southern Italy Fall, Spring English 3
SL/SO 395 - Social Action Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
SO 345 - Culture and Urban Change in Contemporary Italy Fall, Spring English 3
SO/AN 350 - Organized Crime in Italy: Mafias, Murders, and Business Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO/IR 347 - The Wall: Borders, Violence and Separation in the Contemporary World Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PP 240 - Valuing Diversity? Italian Contemporary Immigration and Integration Policies Fall, Spring English 3
US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum Fall, Spring English 3
Urban Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
US/AH 230 - Roman Architecture & Urban Design Fall, Spring English 3
US/SO/AH 320 - Rome as a Living Museum Fall, Spring English 3

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
www.uniroma3.it
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)
www.unirufa.it/en
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
http://www.accademiacostumeemoda.it/en/
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 di Costume e Moda is only offered during the Fall semester. Students may select the following English-taught course:

  • Fashion style and communication

Internships

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 compliment 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 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.

Tuscany
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.

Orientation

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.

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.

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.

Apartments
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.

Homestays
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: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $13,620 $3,690 $230 $17,540


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$13,275
$23,880
$3,595
$7,190
$230
$455
$17,100
$31,525

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 (Caterina Rossi currently covering)
Academic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager

Arianna Gaffi
Student Services & Housing Coordinator

Lisa Gabbarelli
Health & Safety Advisor

Luisa Taffara (Luca Bonati covering until mid-March)
Center Manager & Administrator

Elisa Bellitto
Administrative Assistant

Daira Nocera
Customized Programs Manager (part-time)