• Italy
    • Rome
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Art History Arts Business Classical Studies Communications Culinary Arts Cultural Studies Design Digital Media Economics English European Studies Film Finance Global Studies History International Business International Relations Journalism Linguistics Literature Marketing Media Relations Music Philosophy Photography Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Service Learning Sociology Theology +22

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
AIFS Abroad is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing, and over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS Abroad in the form of scholarships or grants. Coordinated AIFS Abroad Flight Packages with major airlines are also available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

Round trip flights, airport transfers and 2-night London stopover included for students on the optional AIFS Abroad Flight Package.

Sep 08, 2023
Dec 15, 2020
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About Program

Spend a J-Term, summer, semester or academic year in Rome with AIFS Abroad Abroad. Earn up to 19 credits through Fairfield University. No previous Italian language study is required. Live in an Italian homestay or a shared student apartment. All programs include a meal plan valued at $1,400.

All programs begin with a 1-week language and cultural orientation. Choose between 4 academic programs:
• Traditional Academic Program
• Italian Language and Culture Certificate Program
• International Internship Program
• Music Program

Volunteer & Internship opportunities are also available.

You'll enjoy numerous social and cultural activities including a:
• 3-day excursion to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri
• 3-days in Florence
• Day trip to the villages of Assisi and Spello.

Optional excursions include 3-days to Venice, 3-days to Auschwitz and Kraków, Poland and 3-days in Palermo, Sicily.

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Program Highlights

  • 3-day trip to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island.
  • 3 days in Florence
  • Earn up to 19 credits and transcript issued by Fairfield University

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Study in Rome, Italy with AIFS Abroad

Spend the summer in the vibrant and historic city of Rome with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 10 credits through Fairfield University. Courses are taught in English or Italian.
Cultural and social activities include:
• Guided city walks
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• Wine, pizza and gelato tastings
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• 2-day excursion to Florence.

AIFS Abroad in Rome, Italy

Spend 3 weeks studying abroad in the fantastic city of Rome, Italy! Earn 3 credits studying art history, drawing, Italian language and culture, psychology, religion or sociology.
Cultural and social activities are included such as cooking lessons, visits to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum, and concerts, ballets, art exhibitions, sports events, and more. A day trip to Assisi and the Umbria Region is included. An optional 3-day trip to Florence is also offered.


AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS also offers internship and study abroad + internship blended programs to support the development of personal and professional skills.

$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.15
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.9
  • Safety 4.9
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Amazing Study Abroad Experience

Studying abroad with AIFS was one of the best decisions I have ever made. From the unmatched support from on-site staff to some of my favorite classes I have ever taken to the weekend trips of a lifetime, this study abroad program changed my life for the better. My favorite class I took with this program was a communications course: Luxury Fashion in Rome. At least once a week in each of my courses, we would have on site class and would travel around Rome seeing in person examples of what we were learning about. Thus class was my favorite because one of the on site trips we took was to Via Condotti which is the designer store strip in the center of Rome. Our professor brought us to some of the most popular designer stores in the world and learned and admired them in person! I also got to live in an apartment with 2 other girls in my program which was extremely immersive and amazing to see what it was like to live among local Roman people. I lived in Trastevere which was a 15 minute walk from school. Our school building was in the center of Rome and within walking distance of the Pantheon, Colosseum, The Trevi Fountain and more. The social and culture aspect of the program was above and beyond anything that I expected as well. There were always activities planned for us during the week including art tours, cooking classes and wine tastings. My favorite trip I took with the program leaders was a weekend trip to Krakow, Poland. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone looking for a A+ study abroad experience in Rome. I learned independence and discovered parts of myself I never would have without AIFS.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
One of the most nerve-racking moments during my time abroad was when I made the decision to make a solo trip. While I was on a weekend getaway, I really wanted to visit the city of Bruges in Belgium, so I decided to go alone. The whole experience was amazing for finding my independence and I knew that if I could move to another country by myself, I would be able to travel on my own for a trip. I had the best time exploring the town and it was during the holiday season so I got to enjoy some of the best chocolate I have ever had during my favorite time of year.
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The best 3 months of my life

The best semester with the best company. AIFS gave me the support I needed from day one to day ninety-nine. I will never be able to repay them for the love and kindness they shared toward me. The program in Rome was safe, supportive, and so much fun! There was always something to do and I will never forget the memories made. My apartment was perfecta and we made friends with the barista underneath us! The school provided us with professors that were so kind, they really wanted us to succeed. It was so easy to travel.

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Life Changing

I understand that study abroad being life changing is a cliche and I used to roll my eyes at it too! But then I did it, twice, both times through AIFS in Rome and I can truly say my life is changed. I went from a shy introvert who longed to go home after being home sick for 2 days, to suddenly someone with many friends and a new zest for life and desire to explore. The classes were scheduled to fit well with allowing for cultural out of classroom learning and the on site staff made you comfortable and were so welcoming. My experience was so incredible the first time, that immediately upon getting back to my home university, I worked hard with my academic counselor to make going back a possibility. I then returned to do an internship and grew even more. I cannot recommend this program enough!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would use a paper and pen journal to reflect on each day. The photos are nice, but even if you don't realize it at the time, you feel some many new things that can only be captured by words. The semester feels like it only lasts a week, so being able to save some small part of it is crucial. That and read up on reverse culture shock, as it is harder coming back, than going abroad
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For a First Timer

For someone who was studying abroad for the first time, AIFS made the process extremely easy. It was evident that the onsite administrators cared about the student's first and created programming with the students' wants and needs in mind. While it was difficult to find courses for my major (political science) if you are an art, history or other liberal arts major there will be plenty for you to pick from. This program was well catered to first-time Italian speakers/learners. One of my favorite aspects of the program were the on-site interns that were present in our everyday classes. The interns made it easy to connect with Italian culture as well as pick up the language. The fact that they were our age made them a lot of fun to hang out with.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have attended more of the tours, day-trips, and excursions planned by the staff. They were so much fun and gave us exclusive access to many sites and venues we would have normally not been able to see.
69 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester of Personal Growth.

From learning about Ancient Rome in my early history classes and dreaming of visiting a world wonder, I knew Italy was the one place I had to visit. When I got to college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad but thought it was too expensive. When I got to my study abroad office they had recommended me using AIFS because it was probably going to be the program with the most inclusive benefits, and they are extremely good about accepting financial aid and are all around very helpfully. Throughout my entire process of applying to leaving Italy, AIFS was amazing and very responsive to all my needs and questions. I could not have asked more a better hands on program that made me feel safe, protected, yet let me have my own room to grow at the same time in Rome. The amount of cultural and social activities that AIFS and Richmond provided me enriched my experience, and I am forever grateful for having the experience of being able to live out my dreams for four months.
I was nervous for typical things like I wouldn’t meet anyone I connected with or I would feel like the odd one out, but most people in your abroad experience are feeling the Sam way and embark on the journey on their also. I already felt like I was a friendly person who didn’t struggle to make friends, but this experience really made me turn into someone who can talk to anyone in the room confidently. Dealing with foreign language barrier and cultural differences paved a way for me to grow and expand my horizons.

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Rome: The Eternal City

Ciao! My name is Amie and I studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the Spring of 2018. I went through the program AIFS and was not disappointed! From the pre-departure process to my arrival back in the US, I felt that I was constantly helped with each new experience. As for the location, Rome is an amazing city. Everywhere you go, you are surrounded by art. Also, while observing the Colosseum or the Vatican you are surrounded by a cultural mix to people who are Italian and foreign.
While in Rome, I spent the semester living in Prati which is one of the safest parts of Rome. I lived in an apartment with five other students. I enjoyed the apartment, but I also heard awesome reviews about living in homestays. I attended classes Monday through Thursday at Richmond in Rome. The study center was small, but coming from a smaller university at home, it was comforting. Richmond in Rome was in a very central location, surrounded by restaurants and back to back with the famous Piazza Navona. Grabbing a cornetto (croissant) at the local breakfast place before a photography class will forever be one of my favorite past times. Besides taking classes AIFS also had given me the opportunity to volunteer at a primary school. There I taught English to third graders. All in all, AIFS added a lot of positivity to my study abroad experience. As for Rome, it will eternally be a place I call home, where beauty lurks on every corner and friendships, will last a lifetime.

69 people found this review helpful.
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A semester in Rome

Studying abroad through AIFS in Rome, Italy was a truly life changing experience. The program provides an all inclusive package that makes you feel stress-free as you're planning to live in a different country for five months. Being able to reside in a city that has so much history made me feel like I always had something to see and do. I highly recommend AIFS to anyone - you will not be disappointed.

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A Semester In Rome Italy with AIFS

A semester in Rome with AIFS Study Abroad was more than I could have ever asked for or expected in an experience. I am currently a senior at St. John Fisher College, majoring in Human Resources Management. I never thought I would be able to see so much of the world being from such a small area myself. When abroad AIFS gave me the opportunity to go to 7 countries and 28 cities.
The resident staff at the school truly made the program for me. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for us and that we were all assimilating well. The classes at Richmond were very interesting and challenging. The professors made sure to keep class engaging by bringing you to an onsite location almost every meeting. I mean, how many people can say they learned about Caravaggio paintings and then got to walk 2 minutes and see his breath taking work live and in person.
I would not trade my study abroad experience for anything in world. AIFS is an all inclusive program (meaning the flights, food, and housing is all planned out and included in the price) so it took almost all the stress out of planning for me!

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