Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study Abroad in Rome: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


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
  • Washing machine
  • 30-minute travel time to the Study Center
  • Cost of utilities are not included. Students pay a €350 fee in cash upon arrival to the landlord
  • Single rooms in apartments may be available for a supplement of $1,400. Contact your Program Advisor for details.


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

  • Double room with another AIFS student, or single room (depending on availability)
  • Own key to come and go
  • 45-minute travel time to the Study Center

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Rome


  • Group meals, tastings and meal vouchers for 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.

AIFS 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.

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.


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
M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Florence

Ciao! I grew up in a beautiful medieval town in central Italy, immersed in nature.

I earned my degree in Florence, where I joined AIFS in 1995 as a teacher of Italian L2.

When I moved to Rome in 2001, I immediately felt spellbound to the beauty, the wealth of art and history, the colors, the energy, and the climate of this extraordinary city.

I am passionate about international education and travelling; as a study abroad student myself, and through the many countries I visited, I learned how empowering and transformational learning about different people and cultures can be.

I am committed to providing a study abroad program of intensive engagement with Rome and Italy and I will support and advise you throughout your stay to ensure that you make the most of your Italian experience.

AIFS students have access to a local Resident Director who provides advice and support throughout the program.

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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