AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ROME
The American University of Rome is set in the capital of Italy. Known as "The Eternal City", Rome is filled with legacies of the past, such as the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Contemporary Rome also offers a host of activities, notably theatre. Rome is also an important center for the study of International Relations and International Business. Founded in 1969 as an independent, coeducational, four year institution, The American University of Rome is located in a beautiful villa on Rome's highest hill, The Gianicolo, on the right bank of the Tiber River. The villa has a complete range of facilities, including a library, student lounge, and computer center. Surrounded by its own garden, the campus is close to major parks in Rome. The university has an international enrollment of approximately 250 students each year, and its faculty come from leading educational, business, and government centers throughout Europe and the United States.
Academic Program Highlights
Students may take 12-16 credits in a variety of disciplines, including one required course in Italian language, which is offered at all levels, from beginning through advanced. No previous knowledge of Italian is required, and the language of instruction is in English or Italian, depending on the student's proficiency. Classes are small, with emphasis on student-teacher interaction. The university offers course work in several disciplines, including: History, Italian Language and Literature, Communications, Art History, Business, International Business, and International Relations. A limited number of internships for students fluent in Italian can be arranged upon request and are offered at international law firms, multinational companies, and international organizations like the Fulbright Commission. A 2.5 GPA, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are necessary for admission to the program.
Students have three options for housing: two or three bedroom apartments (bedrooms are double occupancy) in the area of the university (about 12 minutes by bus); two or three bedroom apartments (bedrooms may be double or triple occupancy) farther away from the university; or students are assisted in finding their own housing through local housing agencies (students are placed in a pension for up to 12 days upon arrival, during which time an agency assists in finding housing). Students are responsible for their own meals. As a complement to the academic program, students participate in mandatory course related field visits and additional optional trips to Venice, Pompeii, and Paestum.