Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

The Global Education Center programs offer students the very best combination of cultural immersion and academic rigor. Students can expect small class sizes, honors seminar teaching styles, high-touch student support and social services and close integration with the local community in Rome and beyond. The curriculum offers unique programming for study abroad, study plus internship, full time internship and customized faculty-led programs. Participants will choose their experiences while also being asked to join in highly reflective career, cultural, environmental and global issues topics. Academic pathways provide the right combination of intentional design for students at all levels and the opportunity to explore new and innovative courses that are cutting edge and experiential in design. The center experience is an ideal choice for students seeking a supportive environment for a first study abroad experience and those wanting to be challenged through close engagement with inspiring faculty and a dynamic teaching style. All students will be engaged with experiential and community activities that will ensure they stay out of the study abroad bubble and facilitate addressing the critical questions about cultural differences, global issues and their own identity, contributing to the increased self-awareness that is at the at the heart of a truly successful study abroad experience.

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 studentsí 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 17 2.5 GPA

This program is designed for those interested in spending a semester focusing on Italian language and culture. Students take three 4-credit courses taught progressively throughout the semester for 12 credits, plus one 3-credit course at choice among those offered at the Rome GE Center 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 provides an understanding of the cultural contexts associated with Italian language in addition to language proficiency.

The Intensive Italian Language 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 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 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

Working side by side with locals is an ideal way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. AIFS Abroad has designed the Study + Internship Program to combine a traditional academic learning experience with a unique opportunity to study working life in Italy first-hand with placements in Rome-based organizations. Internships are individually tailored to students, and we start with getting to know your strengths and your career goals.

Students select two courses of 3 credits each from the regular offering of courses on the Traditional Academic Program in addition to a 6-credit internship in their field of study for up to 12 credits. In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 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, AIFS Abroad School of Record. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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