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Rome Summer - Language & Culture

Why Rome?

Summer is the perfect time to explore the city of Rome while practicing your Italian language skills. Our Rome Summer Language & Culture Program offers beginning to advanced language courses taught by expert faculty trained in second language acquisition.

What You'll Study

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.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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.

You will 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 online predeparture language assessment and an on-site interview conducted during orientation. 

Along with your Italian course, you will choose an English-taught area studies course. These courses encourage experiential learning by making the city’s historical, artistic, and architectural wealth your classroom. Area studies courses offered have included:

  • Art History
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies


This is a list of possible course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
US/SO/AH 319 - Rome as a Living Museum Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
IT 105 - Beginning Italian I Summer Italian 3
IT 205 - Intermediate Italian I Summer Italian 3
IT 305 - Advanced Italian I Summer Italian 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
US/SO/AH 319 - Rome as a Living Museum Summer English 3
Urban Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
US/SO/AH 319 - Rome as a Living Museum Summer English 3

Field Trips & Events

Explore Italy through IES Abroad-organized field trips. Possible locations include:

Amalfi Coast

Enjoy the stunning coast by boat. Explore the coastal towns of Amalfi and Positano. Visit the amazing archaeological sites of Pompeii and take taste the products of a local farm.


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 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.


During the 2-day orientation, we'll introduce you to:

  • IES Abroad staff
  • Fellow students
  • IES Abroad policies
  • Academics
  • Safety information
  • Daily life in Rome


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.


Furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house four to seven IES Abroad students, with the option to live with a local university student. Apartments offer fully-equipped kitchens, Internet access, and a washing machine. No meals are provided.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Explore Italian culture and get to know your classmates through cooking classes, trattoria nights, and daytrips to the Roman beachside.

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: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $4,470 $1,595 $135 $6,200

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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 Affairs Assistant

Simona Di Giustino
Academic & Internship Coordinator

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

Arianna Gaffi
Student Affairs & 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)