Location
  • Italy
    • Rome
Term
Academic Year, Fall, J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Spring, Summer, Winter
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
General grants/scholarships, BIPOC funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
AIFS Abroad is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing. 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.

Feb 16, 2024
May 06, 2024
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About Program

Spend a January, summer, semester or academic year studying or interning in Rome, Italy with AIFS Abroad Abroad. Earn up to 17 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.

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

Music Program: Students take up to 5 courses from the Traditional Program plus possible extra credit from Saint Louis College of Music and earn up to 18 semester credits. Courses are available in bass, drums, guitar, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and vocals.

Volunteer & Internship opportunities are also available.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

LGBTQIA+ Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

Accessibility Support

Everyone’s experience is unique. We recognize the location you choose can have an impact on your sense of belonging. We encourage you to use the information below as you review your options to select the program and location that will be the best choice for you. If you do not hold the identities that are amplified here, this information is still a great resource for you as well. It will give you a better understanding of those who have this identity.

Impact

Sustainability

In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, AIFS Abroad is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, AIFS Abroad has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025. AIFS Abroad is proud to announce we have signed the CANIE Accord, becoming the first US provider to make this commitment.

Program Highlights

  • Earn up to 17 credits and transcript issued by Fairfield University
  • Music Program: Students take up to 5 courses from the Traditional Program
  • Group meals, tastings, meal and grocery vouchers for lunch (or dinner) five days per week
  • Cooking and wine tasting classes, urban trekking, visits to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy concerts, the ballet, art exhibits and much more to enrich your experience
  • Health & Safety 24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

Popular Programs

Study in Rome, Italy with AIFS Abroad

Spend the summer in the vibrant and historic city of Rome with AIFS Abroad! 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
• Visits to many of Rome’s famous museums and cultural sites
• Wine, pizza and gelato tastings
• Opera, ballet and musical performances
• 2-day excursion to Florence.

AIFS Abroad in Rome, Italy

During your time abroad earn 3 credits studying Architecture and Engineering, Roman Art, Comparative Religion, Cross-Cultural Psychology or Italian Culture (all of which are taught in English), or study Italian Language taught in Italian at the AIFS Abroad Global Education Center. Rome itself plays an important role in your study and site visits to key institutions and monuments will be an important part of your academic schedule.

Museum Tour in Rome

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, taking into account your strengths and your career goals.

Program Reviews

4.98 Rating
based on 40 reviews
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  • 4 rating 2.5%
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  • Academics 4.15
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.9
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Mary
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experiences and support!

The AIFS Rome program was an incredible experience. The staff were all very friendly, helpful, and easy to reach out to. The program's meal plan was amazing and allowed for students to visit several great restaurants. The many day trips and weekend excursions were unique to the program and were some of my favorite parts of the semester. I felt like I explored not only Rome but several parts of Italy through the program's many opportunities it offered. Some of my favorite activities offered by AIFS throughout the semester included a Roma football match, cooking classes, wine classes, guided walking tours, opera night, and museum visits. The activities made it easy to meet friends within the program and familiarize myself with the city and culture of Italy. I only wish the program was longer than 13 weeks, but with all the included activities and excursions, it was very worth its price. The academics were for the most part amazing. One of my professors is one of my favorites I've ever had and class was never boring or unmanageable. Many class sessions included field trips. As an Art History student, I thought that the program's classes for my major were incredible. The semester was so much fun. Between AIFS's classes and all of their activities, I can't think of a single day where I felt like I'd wasted my time. I would highly recommend this program!

8 people found this review helpful.
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Harrison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My AIFS Rome Experience

Studying abroad had always been a dream of mine and I feel incredibly blessed to have done so at the AIFS Global Education Center in Rome. The staff and professors are incredible and were invaluable resources for both myself and my classmates throughout the duration of the program. I would recommend this program to anyone else looking to study abroad in Rome and look back on this programs as one of the best periods of my life. The application and pre-departure processes were very informative and helpful as well

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most of every day in Rome! Make sure to sign up for every optional activity, they were some of my best memories in Rome and the facility leaders were incredible.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Dylan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program for History Majors

I would definitely recommend this program if you are a history major or just love history altogether. You get to see so many ancient Roman ruins and artifacts as well as Renaissance art. So, there’s something for everyone. I also like how engaged and supportive the staff are in process from applying to actually participating in the program. Would definitely recommend if you want study abroad for a whole semester but are not comfortable on your own or have never travelled internationally alone. Totally recommend.

Pros
  • See a lot history
  • Staff are very supportive
  • Great housing
Cons
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Rain is unpredictable in Rome
6 people found this review helpful.
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Matthew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring 2023

I studied abroad in the spring of 2023 and it was the best three months of my life! I absolutely loved my apartment and the location of it. I felt right at home whether I was at school, going to different restaurants that the program gave us meal slips for, at my apartment, or just roaming the streets. I met so many other students in my program that I am now best friends with. The classes that AIFS offered were so unique and allowed me to get a better understanding of what Rome and its history is all about. My architecture class was my favorite as we got to go on several field trips to different cities and areas around Italy, the food class was also very food as we got to go taste testing different gelatos and foods around Rome! My favorite part of the semester was the trips that Marco, Rosanna and Chicca took us on. It was great spending time in different cities in Italy with my classmates and friends. I truly felt at home as they welcomed us with open arms and were there for us if we ever needed any help or guidance along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get to know the people in your program, I am now best friends with them in America!
Pros
  • Instructors and administration is welcoming
  • Rome is beautiful
  • The food plan is so good
12 people found this review helpful.
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Caoilin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

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.
103 people found this review helpful.
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Meredith
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

103 people found this review helpful.
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Caleb
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wow!

I've also pasted my review for the semester classes program below as I've studied abroad in Rome with AIFS twice, once for the classes program and once for the internship.
When I returned with AIFS I wasn't sure if my second time could live up to the first, but it did! I was placed in an internship in an Embassy in Rome and attended meetings at the UN and met ambassadors! The Richmond staff helped me feel up to date with the other students despite me only taking 2 classes (due to the 6 credit internship) while the other students took more. This was a very enriching way to spend a semester abroad and I truly wish I could do it a third time.
Original review: 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!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I got to meet the president of Malta while interning at the Embassy of Malta to Italy
65 people found this review helpful.
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Caleb
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

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
98 people found this review helpful.

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