Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London – Rome Center

The academic programs are designed in conjunction with Richmond, The American International University in London. The University is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies with a student population of approximately 1,500. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Director of the program is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Richmond University.

The Richmond Study Center is located in a beautiful building in Piazza Santí Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Romeís historic center. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trastevere and the Vatican can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses offices, a computer lab with Internet access and printing facilities, a reference library and two small student lounges. The library has a selection of 2,000 volumes in English related to Richmond courses, a film collection and periodicals available for student reference. AIFS - Richmond students have free admission to the extensive library collections available to them in Rome and access to the University web resources for e-books such as Dowsonera, Jstore and EBSCO. Wireless Internet is available for free to all students.

Academic Overview

Traditional Academic Programs

In most courses formal classroom teaching is supplemented by academic visits and field trips in Rome which give you the opportunity to actually see what you are studying and really bring the subject to life.

All courses are taught in English apart from Italian language.

Session 1 (3 weeks)

Choose 1 course from the 4 available, which focus on art history, history, Italian language and religion. Students on this program can earn up to 3 credits.

Session 2 (4 weeks)

Students on the 4-week program choose one or two courses which focus on art history, history, Italian language, fashion, photography or sociology for up to 6 credits.

Italian language is available from beginner to advanced. Students do not need to have previously studied Italian in order to take a language course. A placement test is administered to students with previous study of the language to determine the appropriate level.

Session 1 + 2 combined (7 weeks)

You can combine both Sessions for a total of up to 9 credits; begin your summer with a course in art history, Italian language, history or religion then continue with Italian language or choose among courses in art, art history, fashion, history, photography or sociology.

Please bear in mind that due to the intense summer schedule several Session 2 courses are held at the same time and you may need to be flexible in your choice of course combinations.

Attendance Classes are held five days a week in Session 1 and four days a week in Session 2. Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences will not be granted credit.

Credit Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. All students take an end of course exam.

Transcripts are issued by the Richmond Registrarís office in London. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the studentís home college or university on completion of the program.

4 & 7 week students: Earn an extra credit on your excursion!

Students on both the Venice and Pompeii optional excursions can take an Introduction to Italian Art course for an additional one credit.

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