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Study Abroad | Rome

Italy | AIFS Global Education Center | Summer 2023
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Rome, Italy.

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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in the historic and cultured city of Rome, Italy with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options with credit awarded by Fairfield University. The AIFS Global Study Center is centrally located in Rome’s historic center in a beautiful building in Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle. 

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 10 credits

  • Courses

    Courses offered in art, art history, history, Italian language, psychology, sociology

  • Housing

    Apartments or in an Italian home

  • Meals

    Organized tastings and group dinners plus meal vouchers

  • Excursions

    Florence (2 days)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Day trips, visits to museums, art galleries and monuments, opera, concerts, cooking and wine tasting classes

  • 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

  • Excursions

    Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples and Capri (3 days) Session 2 and Study + Internship Program only 

Program Details: Study Abroad | Rome Session 1

Dates

June 3, 2023June 23, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$5,790

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to High School Graduate, 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

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Italian Language
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • 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. 

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the 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.  

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University. 

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Italian Language
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Choose 1 course from the 5 subjects available, which focus on art history, history, Italian language, psychology and sociology. Students on this program can earn up to 3 credits.

Students on the 4-week program choose one or two courses which focus on art history, communications, gender studies, history, Italian language, photography or religion for up to 6 credits. Students can also take AHST 210 Italian Art: Selected Topics for an additional 1 credit. 

Italian language is available from Beginner to Advanced. Students do not need to have previously studied Italian in order to take a language course. A placement test is administered to students with previous study of the language to determine the appropriate level. 

You can combine both Sessions for a total of up to 10 credits. 

Please bear in mind that due to the intense summer schedule several courses are held at the same time and you may need to be flexible in your choice of course combinations. 

The Study + Internship Program consists of a 3-credit course on the Traditional Academic Program chosen from those listed for Session 1 plus a 3-credit internship course and accompanying 7-week internship placement for a total of 9 semester credits. 

Students are required to enroll in an additional Italian language course (20 hours) taught at a local language school during the first week in Rome. 

The program offers a guaranteed internship in your desired career field, award-winning professional development program, résumé, cover letter, and interview prep, on-site orientations, full-time local staff and 24/7 support, LinkedIn profile coaching, and post-program career development toolkit.

Students must be prepared to commute an average of 1 hour to/from accommodations, the language school, the AIFS Center and the internship placement location.  

The internship provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. It is a substantive career development experience with the intent being for the student to be exposed to business ideas and concepts while being mentored. Doing analysis, contributing to decisions, and communicating meaningful ideas should form the bulk of the work, although some low skill work (for example, data entry and making phone calls) can be a part of the assignment. At the end of the internship experience, students will be able to reflect on their personal and professional growth and begin seeing themselves on their career path. 

While every internship is different, AIFS has adopted the internship definition recommended by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE.)

The criteria are as follows: 

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform. 
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings. 
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications. 
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework. 
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. 
  • The experienced supervisor will provide routine feedback. 
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship assignment and adhere to the agreed-upon internship standards and requirements as described by GE and the host organizations. 

Internship locations: internships can be arranged in a wide range of relevant areas including art, architecture, business, communications, design and fashion. 

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Living Abroad

Apartment

Each apartment is privately owned and is unique in atmosphere, size, design, facilities, floor plan, and number of bedrooms.

  • Shared with 2 to 6 other AIFS students
  • Double rooms (some single rooms may be available)
  • Kitchen supplies and furnishings
  • Washing machine
  • Weekly cleaning

Homestay

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

  • Shared room with another AIFS student or single room (depending on availability)
  • Own key
  • Access to kitchen

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Rome.

Meals

The meal plan is one of the highlights of the Rome program, with almost 100% of students rating it “excellent” or “good” every session.

  • Vouchers worth $440 for Session 1, $610 for Session 2 and $1050 for Sessions 1+2 Combined/Study + Internship programs. These can be used in selected restaurants
  • Students may opt out of the meal plan 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, Summer Program

Rosanna Graziani headshot.

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.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee such as cooking and wine tasting classes and visits to some of the most famous museums, churches and palaces in and around Rome with professional art historians. Italian students from the University of Rome intern throughout the program as language and cultural peer mentors, participating in most program arranged curricular and extracurricular activities.

Past activities have included:

  • Opera nights in the beautiful setting of Caracalla archaeological site
  • Cooking and pasta classes
  • Wine tastings
  • Pizza tastings
  • Gelato tastings
  • Visit to the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Cinema nights on Tiber Island
  • Get togethers and dinners with Italian students
  • Art and discovery tours
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Various exhibitions and concerts (jazz, rock, blues)
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Day trips around Rome (including the beach, Bracciano lake and hiking)
  • “Underground” Rome
  • Ballets/Musicals
  • Handicraft market
  • Food markets
  • Visit to the zoo
  • Group dinners
  • Farewell dinner

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

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

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:

Florence, Italy city buildings.

Florence

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
  • 2 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
Sorrento, Italy.

Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island (Session 2, Session 1+2, and Study + Internship only)

Take an exciting getaway to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island. Visit the Pompeii excavations and the National Archaeological Museum. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and breakfast. Students take a Hyrofoil to/from Capri island.

* A minimum of 10 is required for the tour to run. 

  • Italy
  • 3 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
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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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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    April 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    June 2, 2023
  • Program Begins
    June 3, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 23, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 24, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $2,507.00
  • Boston
    $2,392.00
  • Buffalo
    $2,484.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,622.00
  • Chicago
    $2,599.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,599.00
  • Columbus
    $2,484.00
  • Dallas
    $2,714.00
  • Denver
    $2,714.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,599.00
  • Detroit
    $2,599.00
  • Houston
    $2,806.00
  • Los Angeles
    $2,829.00
  • Miami
    $2,507.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,599.00
  • New York
    $2,392.00
  • Newark
    $2,392.00
  • Orlando
    $2,415.00
  • Philadelphia
    $2,530.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,760.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $2,484.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,507.00
  • San Francisco
    $2,806.00
  • Seattle
    $2,829.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,599.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $2,875.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com