Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Life - January Term 2019

AIFS in Rome Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Rosanna Graziani

Dean of Richmond, Rome
The Rome Study Center of Richmond
Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle 6
00186 Rome, Italy

Phone: (39) 06 6813 6104

Ciao! I have been a Resident Director for AIFS since 1995; first in Florence, and subsequently here in Rome. I received my Laurea with honors from the University of Florence in English language and literature and then specialized in museum studies at the University of Perugia. I studied abroad myself as a student, spending time in France, Spain and the U.K. I love to travel and, as well as visiting the U.S., I have also been to the Middle East, North Africa and India.

My favorite aspect of being your Resident Director is to see Italy through your eyes and hear your perceptions about this beautiful city. You will be able to share your new experience with me and my team very easily, because our office is in the Study Center. We are always on hand to talk about everything from the Italian architecture to the rhythm of life and to answer any questions you may have.

I hope to guide and support you as you leave your home country and immerse yourself into a new and wonderful experience.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

You can choose to live in a shared room in an apartment or in an Italian home. All program-arranged accommodation includes Internet access and is carefully selected in central, safe and agreeable areas of the city. You will have the opportunity to live like a local, to get to know your neighbors and to discover your favorite places for pasta, coffee or gelato! All apartments are located within 30 minutes (by metro, bus and/or foot) of the Study Center. They are fully equipped with kitchen supplies, bedding and washing machines and are typically shared by 2 to 6 AIFS-Richmond students.

If you choose to stay as a guest within an Italian family, you will gain an invaluable cultural insight and also an opportunity to improve your Italian language skills through your contact with the family members. You will have access to the kitchen and all common areas, privacy to study and a key to the home so that you can come and go as you wish. The program fee is based on a double room shared with another AIFS student. Homestays are available on a spaceavailable basis.

You will receive meal vouchers for breakfast and lunch (or dinner) five days per week, which can be used in selected local restaurants or trattorias or in selected coffee shops and grocery stores. These are not student cafeterias but great local eateries where you can become part of the Italian culinary culture, dining alongside locals or shopping in neighborhood stores.

Richmond Study Center is located in a beautiful building in Piazza Sant'Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Rome's historic center, just next to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Trastevere and Vatican City can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond study center houses administrative offices, a computer lab with thirteen computers, eighteen IT stations with Wi-Fi hotspots, a laser printer, a reference library, and two small student lounges. The center is entirely Wi-Fi accessible. Students and faculty regularly gather in the welcoming spaces of the Study Center to study and socialize.

A dedicated team of qualified Englishspeaking staff members is available to support students with a range of services, from academic queries and advice on adjusting to the new culture to travel advice and local area information.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, various activities will be organized such as:

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Wine tastings
  • Concerts
  • Walking tours
  • Gelato tour
  • Museum visits
  • Farewell dinner
  • Italian soccer matches