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. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Director of the programs is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Richmond University.

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

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses administrative offices, a computer lab with 13 computers, 18 IT stations with WiFi hotspots, a laser printer, a reference library, and two small student lounges. The center is entirely WiFi accessible. Students and faculty regularly gather in the welcoming spaces of the Study Center to study and socialize. A dedicated team of qualified English-speaking 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.

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

The 3-week Session 1 program is designed for students who want to focus on one subject for the duration of their program. Students 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. All Session 1 courses are taught in English.

Session 2

Students on the 4-week program can combine Italian language with a course taught in English in art, art history, fashion, photography or sociology for up to 7 credits.

Italian language is available from beginner to advanced. You do not need to have previously studied Italian in order to take a language course. Students take a placement test after arrival in Rome to determine the appropriate level.

If you prefer you can take just one course or two courses taught in English.

Session 1 + 2 Combined

You can combine both Sessions for a total of 10 credits; begin your summer with a course in art history, history or religion then take a course in Italian language and/or further 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.