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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, psychology, religion, security studies, service learning, social sciences, sociology.

All programs start with a cultural orientation week. Students choose between the Traditional, the Italian Language Certificate, the Italian Studies Certificate, the International Internship and the Music Programs.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to begin or advance their Italian language skills and/or take courses in art history, communications, design and media, economics, fashion, food studies, history, international business, international relations, literature, management, marketing, political science, psychology, religion and service learning. Italian language study is optional. Students choose to take Italian Language courses and/or electives taught in English for a total of up to 19 semester credits. A number of Rome Core courses are offered which relate specifically to the history, art, culture, economics and politics of Italy and make special use of the resources available in Rome. Many of these classes also satisfy major or general education requirements. Some courses require a minimum enrollment of 10 students, but the Rome Core courses are guaranteed to run every semester to assist with academic planning and advisor approval. Site visits, interviews, guest lectures and field trips complement classroom teaching 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 immersive educational experience abroad. To find out more visit

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

This program is designed for those interested in spending a semester focusing on Italian language and culture. Students take one 3-credit course plus three 4-credit courses taught progressively throughout the semester for a total of 15 credits. Classroom-based learning is supplemented by practice in an authentic context, cultural immersion and home study, enabling students to quickly increase their proficiency. The program is available to all students from Beginner to Intermediate I level and a Certificate Award (in addition to a regular official Transcript) is released to those who successfully complete all four courses with a minimum B grade. The Certificate recognizes completion of advanced coursework, proficiency in the Italian language and an understanding of the cultural contexts associated with the language.

The Italian Language Certificate Program is a great way to incorporate foreign language proficiency into an undergraduate curriculum and will make a meaningful addition to your résumé as you begin your career and/or apply for graduate studies in any field.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 2.5 GPA*

The Certificate in Italian Studies allows students to focus on a systematic and intensive study of Italian culture via a range of discipline areas. Students choose five courses for 15 credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 15 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 Bachelor’s and Master’s 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 available in bass, drums, guitar, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and vocals.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 2.5 GPA*

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

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 2,000. 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 Sant’Andrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Rome’s 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.

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