Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art, design and media, art history, communications, economics, engineering, fashion, food studies, gender studies, history, international business, international relations, Italian language, literature, management, marketing, political science, psychology, religion, security studies, service learning, social sciences, sociology.

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, engineering, fashion, food studies, history, international business, international relations, literature, management, marketing, political science, psychology and religion. 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 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. 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.

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 four 4-credit courses taught progressively throughout the semester for a total of 16 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 up to 16 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 5 courses from the Traditional Program 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

AIFS Global Education Center

The AIFS Global Education Center in Rome is in the heart of the city within walking distance of historic sites such as the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Classes are held in the AIFS Center and the Resident Director is based there to help students adjust to life in Italy and provide a friendly and familiar face. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and there are a small number of computers for student use/printing.

Academic credit for the AIFS Rome program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The Rome course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

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