Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

AIFS Global Education Center

The AIFS Global Education Center is located in the heart of Italy’s capital city. The Resident Director and staff are based here and most classes are held in the center. Students have access to free Wi-Fi during office hours.

Academic credit for the AIFS Rome program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

On 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.


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


Students on the 4-week program choose one or two courses which focus on art history, communications, gender studies, history, Italian language, photography or religion for up to 6 credits. Students can also take AHST 210 Italian Art: Selected Topics for an additional 1 credit.

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.


You can combine both Sessions for a total of up to 10 credits.

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 grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. All students take an end of course exam.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

A minimum of 10 students must enroll for classes to be offered.

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