Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

This program is designed for students who wish to study art, design and media, art history, communications, economics, history, international business, international relations, Italian language, literature, marketing, philosophy or political science. Minimum 2.5 GPA required. No previous knowledge of Italian language is required.

Students must enroll in the language orientation program in Florence prior to study in Rome. In addition, all students are required to take an Italian language course during the semester.

Attendance and participation

Attendance and participation in classes are required. Students who accumulate more than the permitted number of absences, regardless of the reason, must withdraw from the course, or will receive an attendance failure. In courses that meet twice a week, students may not have more than four absences.

Class time

Classes meet for 2 weeks in Florence plus 12 weeks in Rome. Attendance and participation in classes are required. Classes are held Monday through Friday.

Computer facilities

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses administrative offices, a computer lab with twelve computers and a laser printer, a reference library, and two small student lounges. The center has a wireless connection and students who bring their own laptop have free internet access. Students and faculty regularly congregate in the welcoming spaces of the Study Center to study and socialize.


Equal to American units, each credit is based on a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study (or the equivalent in independent research or tutorials). One class hour equals 50 minutes. Final exams are administered on the last day of class. Students should register for a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 17 credits, including the 3-credit language orientation course. Exams will only be rescheduled in the event of medically documented illness or family death.


All classes will have a term paper, mid-term and final exam. In the Richmond system, grades are numerically calculated on a grade point average (GPA) scale.

  Excellent work   A, 4.0 A-, 3.7  
  Above satisfactory work   B+, 3.3 B, 3.0 B-, 2.7
  Satisfactory work   C+, 2.3 C, 2.0 C-, 1.7
  Below satisfactory work   D+, 1.3 D, 1.0 D-, 0.7
  Fail   F, 0    

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.


The Richmond Study Center has a selection of books related to Richmond courses available for student reference at no extra charge, although a deposit of 10 euros is required to checkout books. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive library collections available to them in Rome.


Students may encounter scheduling conflicts, as more than one course may be offered at the same time of day.

Student advising

Students meet with the Resident Director during orientation in Florence as well as in Rome before the semester begins. The Resident Director provides academic advising and serves as liaison between students, Richmond and Rome instructors.

Transcripts and credits

Transcripts and credits are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London, a U.S. accredited University. Please visit for information about transcript requests.


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