Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Apartment

Apartments are located in different areas of the city center, in buildings where other Italians live. Students are immersed in the Italian way of life and have the opportunity to establish relationships with other Italian natives.

  • Double rooms
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Shared bathroom(s) and living area
  • Share with 2-6 other AIFS students
  • Washing machine
  • 30-minute travel time to the Study Center
  • Cost of utilities are not included. Students pay a €300 fee to the landlord

Homestay

Living with an Italian family gives you invaluable cultural insight and fast progress with the Italian language.

  • Double room with another AIFS student
  • Own key to come and go

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Rome

Single rooms in apartment and homestay may be available for a supplement of $1,400 contact your Admissions Officer for details.

Meals

  • Group meals, tastings and meal vouchers for five breakfasts and five lunches or dinners a week valued at $1,400. Students may opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee.

Cultural Activities

We believe in experiential learning, and we know that education does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture and reach out to the local community a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee.

Richmond staff organize an excellent program of cultural and social activities and advise students on how to get the most from life in Rome. Past activities have included:

In Rome

  • Home-made pasta and cooking classes
  • Visit to the Vatican Museums
  • Visit to the Colosseum
  • Pizza and gelato tastings
  • Dinner with Italian students and families
  • Italian aperitivo
  • Wine tastings
  • Urban trekking
  • Art tours
  • Exhibitions
  • Concerts (jazz, rock, blues)
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Day trips around Rome (including hiking and lunches)
  • "Underground" Rome
  • Opera/ballets/musicals
  • Handicraft market
  • A.S. Roma soccer matches
  • Six Nations rugby tournament matches
  • Rome Zoo
  • Farewell or Thanksgiving dinner

Half-day excursions to:

  • Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli
  • Subiaco
  • Ostia Antica
  • Viterbo and the Hot Baths
  • Bracciano Lake and Castle

In addition, a Language Peer Mentoring Program as well as a conversation exchange program with Italian college students is available for all students.

Please note that students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Orientation Week

All programs begin with an immersive orientation. While you familiarize with your new city and your new country, the AIFS Richmond staff organizes a wide variety of cultural and social activities including workshops and lectures on health and safety issues, Italian culture and visits to some of the most famous museums, churches and palaces in and around Rome with professional art historians. Highlights are the visits to the Colosseum and the Roman School of Gladiators, Papal Audience and Vatican Museums.

Service Learning and Volunteering Program

This program enables students to get to know many aspects of the society and community they are living in and to receive practical, hands-on training and work experience in one of a range of volunteer work associations. Whether students help to teach English in a local school or mail flyers for a local association, they will experience the real world through hands-on work and use this experience to explore major or career interests. Volunteering in Rome offers a unique opportunity to meet and communicate with Italians, to practice the language and to see another side of local culture.

Service Learning and Active Citizenship

Students wishing to earn academic credit for their volunteer work can take the Service Learning and Active Citizenship course, a 3-credit course combining a community placement with written work, designed to provide students of all majors with the intellectual, professional and personal skills that will enable them to function well in the community and gain valuable life experience. The Service Learning course is based on the principles of civic engagement, ethical social responsibility and social justice. The assessment is based on reflective learning, social analysis and public problem solving.

Transportation

Students should budget approximately 40 euros for a monthly pass for unlimited travel on the Rome bus and underground system. Rome has an extensive public bus and train system that students can use to travel between their housing and classes. It is easy to walk to destinations in the center of town.

AIFS in Rome Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Rosanna Graziani
Dean of Richmond, Rome

Phone: (39) 06 6813 6104
Email: r.graziani@richmondinrome.it

Ciao! I have been with AIFS since 1995; first in Florence, and then in Rome. I received my Laurea (MA Hons) in Humanities from the University of Florence and a post degree diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Perugia. I studied abroad as a student, spending time in France, Spain and the U.K. I love yoga and traveling and I have visited many countries including the U.S.

Each semester is a new adventure and what I love the most is to experience Rome through new eyes and to hear about your stories and discoveries in our beautiful country. Together with my colleagues I look forward to advising and supporting you throughout one of the most empowering experiences of your life.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

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