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Study Abroad in London & Rome: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Included in London

Student Residence

During your time abroad you will live in central London, close to the study center and to the famous Kensington Gardens, Natural History Museum, and West End theater district. Housing will be in shared rooms in a residence hall or student apartment building.
Meals are not provided in London.


Included in Rome


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 €150 fee to the landlord


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

  • Double room with another AIFS student
  • Own key to come and


Group meals, tastings and meal vouchers for five breakfasts and five lunches or dinners a week valued at $700. Students may opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee.

Internet access is included in all housing in London and Rome

Cultural Activities

AIFS staff arrange a rich variety of activities to introduce students to life in London and Rome. In London there is an additional fee for many of these activities, but they offer an inexpensive way to experience London’s exciting cultural life and to see other parts of Britain. Professional guides escort trips to enhance the educational experience. Past events have included:

In London

  • Performance at Shakespeare’s reconstructed Globe Theatre
  • Visit to the Tower of London
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Visit to the Black Cultural Archives
  • Film evenings
  • Walking tour of Brick Lane
  • Music concerts
  • Trip to an English soccer game
  • Black History walking tour
  • Traditional afternoon tea
  • Visit to the London Mosque
  • Facilitated discussions with guest speakers from London’s minoritized communities

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

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.

Cultural Travel

London and Rome are ideal starting points from which to explore the U.K., Italy and the rest of Europe. You will find low-cost airlines offering inexpensive round-trip flights along with train and bus options. The AIFS staff are always available to help you make plans and share practical travel and safety advice.


AIFS can arrange volunteering placements for students wishing to take an active role in the local community and make a meaningful contribution during their stay in London. Placements may be with schools, charities or NGOs - contact the Resident Director for more information. This is an excellent way to meet local people and gain a deeper insight into British culture and London life.

In Rome students can 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.

AIFS in London Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Dr Elizabeth Wesner

Phone: (44) 20 7636 0761

For over ten years I have been working in international education, across the US, UK and Asia. I have been lucky enough to live in Tianjin, Hong Kong and Liverpool but I look forward to welcoming you to my capital city, London. I was brought up in a small rural town in Central Virginia before leaving to study Education at the University of Virginia. During my college years, I spent the summer months working and studying with foreign students in China and South Korea. These experiences were life-changing, leading to my career in international education. Only one out of every ten American students studies abroad, so simply being on this program makes you stand out from the crowd. My team and I will make sure you make the most of your study abroad opportunity and look forward to welcoming you to London.

On-Site Dean, Rome

AIFS Resident Director

Rosanna Graziani
Dean, AIFS in Rome

Phone: (39) 055 239 9236


Ciao! I have been with AIFS since 1995; first in Florence, and then in Rome. I received my Laurea (MA hons) in Humanities from the University of Florence and a post degree Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Perugia. I studied abroad as a student, spending time in France, Spain and the U.K. I love yoga and traveling and I have visited many countries including the U.S. each semester is a new adventure and what I love the most is to experience Rome through new eyes and to hear about your stories and discoveries in our beautiful country. Together with my colleagues I look forward to advising and supporting you throughout one of the most empowering experiences of your life.

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

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