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Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art, design and media, art history, communications, economics, history, international business, international relations, internship, Italian language, literature, management, marketing, music, philosophy, political science, religion, social sciences, sociology. International Internship Program and Music Program also available.

All students take the 2-week Language Preparation and Culture Program in Florence for 2 credits. Students can earn an additional 1 credit during the preparation program by taking an optional Introduction to Italian Art course. All students are required to take Italian language during the semester. The appropriate language level is determined by a placement test taken after arrival in Italy.

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

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to begin or advance their Italian language skills and take courses in design and media, art history, communications, economics, history, international business, international relations, literature, management, marketing, philosophy or political science. All students are required to take Italian language and then take electives taught in English for up to 19 semester credits, including those available on the Language Preparation and Culture Program in Florence. Site visits, interviews, guest lectures and field trips complement classroom learning and enhance studentsí learning experience. The city of Rome with its wealth of resources, To find out more visit www.richmondinrome.it.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 19 2.5 GPA

For music majors who do not want to fall behind during a semester abroad, or for those with an interest in music an exciting Music Program is available, taught in a multicultural environment in conjunction with Saint Louis College of Music, founded in 1976 and authorized to issue Bachelorís and Masterís degrees by the Italian ministry of Education, Universities and Research. Students take up to 15 Richmond credits plus possible extra credit from Saint Louis College of Music. Courses are taught in Italian.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

Language Preparation and Culture Program in Florence

Language study and orientation are essential to a successful experience in a foreign country. Before the semester begins, you will participate in a 2-week Language Preparation and Culture Program in the historic city of Florence for a grounding in written and conversational Italian as well as intercultural preparation. The program consists of 36 contact hours, equivalent to 2 semester credits. Students may also take an optional Introduction to Italian Art course for 1 additional credit.

Eurocentres Study Center is among the oldest state-recognized schools of foreign languages in Florence. Located in Palazzo Guadagni, a 16th century palace between the Arno River and the Pitti Palace, the Study Center is a few minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and many of Florenceís great museums. With its elegant, gracious rooms, the Study Center serves as a convenient, attractive, welcoming environment for students and teachers. Student facilities include computers with Internet access, a multimedia learning center, a lecture room and a student lounge.

Activities The AIFS Richmond staff moves to Florence to supervise the orientation and to organize a wide variety of cultural and social activities including lectures on health and safety issues, Italian culture and visits to some of the most famous museums, churches and palaces in Florence. Highlights are day trips to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery, and to Siena to enjoy its medieval atmosphere and the famous shell-shaped piazza, the central cathedral and museums.

Housing Students stay in a student residence or hotel. Breakfast and dinner are provided.

AIFS Academics at 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 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 at no extra charge, although a deposit of 10 euros is required to check-out books. 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. A dedicated team of qualified English speaking staff members is available to support students with a range of services from academic queries, accommodation, advice on adjusting to the new culture to travel advice and local area information.