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.
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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad Rome organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.
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.
ApartmentsFurnished apartments are single-sex and typically house four to six 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.
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:
Explore Italian culture and get to know your classmates through cooking classes, trattoria nights, and daytrips to the Roman beachside.
Explore Italy through IES Abroad-organized field trips. Possible locations include:
Explore the beautiful towns and breathtaking natural landscapes of the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast. On this trip off the beaten track, you will visit the ’Grand Canyon’ in Grotte di Frasassi, the town of Fabriano, and the Lattanzi shoe factory. The trip will also offer a stop at a local outlet so you can stock up on the local Italian favorites!
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.
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.
About the 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.
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 Rome Staff
Monica BandellaItalian Language Coordinator
Sara CoppolellaStudent Services Assistant
Simona Di GiustinoAcademic & Internship Coordinator
Valeria De MoriAcademic Assistant and Moodle Project Manager
Arianna GaffiStudent Services & Housing Coordinator
Silvana SodiniHealth & Safety Advisor
Luisa TaffaraCenter Manager & Administrator
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