Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

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

All students take the 2-week Language Preparation and Culture Program in Rome 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.

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, cinema, communications, economics, fashion, food studies, history, international business, international relations, literature, management, marketing, political science, religion and service learning. All students are required to take Italian language and then take electives taught in English for up to 19 semester credits. Site visits, interviews, guest lecturers and field trips complement classroom learning and enhance students' learning experience. The city of Rome with its wealth of resources, from art and archaeology to religion, business and politics becomes your classroom for an incredibly empowering educational experience. To find out more visit

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 and may then take an additional music course.

As this program is taught by the Saint Louis College of Music, Richmond does not award the academic credit. Students receive a Saint Louis College of Music certificate authenticating work completed and should confirm the status of credit transfer for courses taken at Saint Louis with their home institution.

Music classes are taught in the evenings and do not conflict with the majority of the Richmond courses. Richmond students take their music classes in a truly international context, with Italian and other international students at Saint Louis College of Music, conveniently located in Monti neighborhood, just a short distance from the Richmond Center.

Instruction is in Italian, but all music instructors speak and understand the English language.

An Internship Program is also available in Rome; for details, click here.

Richmond University,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 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.