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Study Abroad | Rome

Italy | AIFS Global Education Center | Spring 2023
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  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the historic yet modern city of Rome, Italy, with AIFS! Choose from a wide variety of courses at the AIFS Global Education Center with credit awarded by Fairfield University.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 17 credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Italian

  • Housing

    Apartments or in an Italian homestay

  • Meals

    Group meals, tastings and meal vouchers for five lunches or dinners a week valued at $1,400

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    3-day trip to Florence, 3-day trip to Sorrento, Naples, Capri and Pompeii and day trip to Assisi and the Umbria region

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Palermo, Sicily (3 days)

    Kraków and Auschwitz, Poland (3 days)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Rome Multi Discipline

Dates

January 27, 2023April 28, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadlines

October 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$17,495

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Language
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Italian Language
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • Education & Social Services
  • Global Peace, International Security & Human Rights
  • Global Public Health & Psychology
  • Social & Criminal Justice
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Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

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. 

Located in the AIFS Center is a Resident Director and Student Advisors to help scholars adjust to life in Italy. 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.  

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Language
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Italian Language
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Sociology

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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Living Abroad

Homestay

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.

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
  • 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.

Meals

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.

History

It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. The city is also home to the Vatican City which is not a city at all, but it’s own independent country right in the heart of Rome.

Population

Rome is the capital of Italy and is the fourth most populous city in the European Union.

AIFS in Rome Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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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.

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:

  • 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
  • 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.

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. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Rome and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Italy. Previous excursions have included:

Assisi, Italy.

Assisi and The Umbria Region

Discover the medieval villages of Assisi and Spello in Italy’s gorgeous Umbria region. Trip includes round-trip transportation, sightseeing with an art professor including a tour of the Basilica of St. Francis and visit to a mill and olive oil tasting in Spello.

  • Italy
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Palermo in Sicily, Italy.

Palermo, Sicily

Sightseeing. Visit the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Cathedral, Segesta Greek and Roman ruins, anti-mafia memorial sites and take a “Palermo-No Mafia” tour. Includes accommodations, entrance fees, breakfast and one traditional Sicilian dinner. 

* This trip is part of the coursework for Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Sicily. 
* Once in Rome, staff will advise students on purchasing the cheapest available flights. 

  • Italy
  • 3 Days
  • $595 (Excluding airfare)
Auschwitz, Poland.

Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow

Sightseeing with an international and political studies professor. Guided visits to the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, now a holocaust memorial and museum, Schindler’s Factory, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast, one traditional Polish dinner and one “Communist” lunch. 

* This trip is part of the coursework for Politics of Genocide: Auschwitz. 
* Once in Rome, staff will advise students on purchasing the cheapest available flights. 

  • Poland
  • 3 Days
  • $595, excluding airfare
Florence, Italy city buildings.

Florence

This trip is part of the coursework for Italian Art: Selected Topics.. Explore Florence, the jewel of Renaissance Italy, during an unforgettable visit that includes guided sightseeing tour, viewing of Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery, and visits to the Palazzo Pitti and Santa Croce.
  • Italy
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
Sorrento, Italy.

Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island

This trip is part of the coursework for Italian Art: Selected Topics. Take an exciting getaway to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island. Tour includes accommodations and breakfast, round-trip transportation, visit to ruins of Pompeii, hike up Mount Vesuvius, and more.

  • Italy
  • 3 days
  • Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 5, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 26, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 27, 2023
  • Program Ends
    April 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    April 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to Study Abroad in Rome?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: studyabroad@aifs.com