Study Abroad in Rome, Italy: Semester or Academic Year

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On top of the Swiss Alps
On top of the Swiss Alps
Verona Italy
Verona Italy
Gelato in Venice, Italy
Gelato in Venice, Italy
My favorite place in Rome!

About

Study in Rome in Spring 2020 and you will receive a $2,000 discount!
Spend a semester or academic year in Rome with AIFS. Earn up to 19 credits studying at Richmond University in Rome. 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 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.

Highlights
  • $2,000 Discount Spring 2020
  • 3-day trip to Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii and Capri Island.
  • 3 days in Florence
  • Earn up to 19 credits and transcript issued by Richmond, The American International University in London.
  • Meal plan valued at $1,400

Scholarships

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.

Value
$500 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 28 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.5
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Kristin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of My Life

Everyone was nice, helpful and fun. I made friends amazing friends and had the best 4 months of my life. I had class Monday - Thurs and used the weekends to travel. The food in Rome is absolutely amazing and this program includes so much!!

I would go back in a heart beat!!

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Alli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

They care about the experience

The staff at Richmond in Rome honestly and truly care about each individual's experience in Rome. They go out of their way to have a packed schedule of not only awesome classes, but events most nights of the week. Including: Wine tasting, dinner with Italian friends, Museum visits with personal tour guides, Excursions and Soccer games. And the best part--the staff usually comes with you to these events, so they become more like you're friends than the front office workers. The academic scene is typical of a study abroad program-- light, but informational. There are tons of trips to museums, churches, and monuments so you actually learn the information onsite, which makes it not only memorable but exciting as well. The apartments are actual apartments, with actual Italian landlords that speak only italian. This helped you get a feel of living in Rome rather than just going to school there and living in a dorm with only american students. This program was the best decision, and I would never have changed it.

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Kalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Roaming around Rome

This trip was definitely the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget or ever be able to replace. I learned so much during my time abroad that now I want to travel the world! The social scene was fantastic in Italy and the classes outside in front of the real architecture was to die for! I would go back in a heart beat. I recommend this study abroad experience to everyone and their mother!!! IT IS SO WORTH EVERY PENNY! You will never get the life experiences anywhere else! CIAO! ~Kalie

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Tamarra
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BEST PROGRAM EVER

The weekend excursions to London, Venice and Capri were amazing and so was the 2 week orientation in Florence! The meal tickets saved me a ton of money and they were widely accepted by top restaurants to cool dives. The faculty and staff treat you well and the location of the school is right in the City Center. My favorite detail of the semester was taking Art History courses which were frequently taught on-site of the art piece being discussed. i.e. I had two classes taught right inside the Vatican!

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katatbat
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFS has all of the bells and whistles

AIFS was the best program in Rome. Every program gives students the opportunity to study abroad but AIFS is fully supportive, provides travel with the group, covers lots of food/drinks and provides for lots of opportunities to do special things in Rome that they organize such as cooking lessons and tours. They also provide great little extras like happy hours with the staff and welcome events every time we travel.

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Mkh1989
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Rome

I went to Rome last Summer and had the time of y life! The classes I took were both helpful and academically rich. I learned many great things and the professors were a great help with things like how to get around, places to et and see, and going advice on how to fit into the Rome culture. I traveled with a fiend and they put us in the same apartment, which was a wonderful place. The living conditions were clean and safe. The thing I really liked about this program was the opportunity to spend a few days in London on the way over and the excersions that were available. The school also had many activities we could choose to participate in while in Rome like cooking classes, wine tasting, a night at the theatre, and beach trips. The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. They were fun to be around and it was obvious they really wanted us to enjoy our time abroad. I highly recommend this program!

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Jane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend

This program is fully focused on the student. The staff and faculty are excellent and do their very best to provide the students with an unforgettable experience with all aspects of living and studying abroad.

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BritaniB
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

Going to Rome with the Richmond program was amazing. I was prepared for the trip from the very beginning, thanks to the AIFS representative. Everyday was a new adventure and I had a great time just exploring the city and the rest of Italy. There was a good balance of school work and free time. I never had to skip something because I had too much homework. Housing was great. People were located all over the city so you could spend time in different neighborhoods, and you could interact with real Italians who were your neighbors. Overall I wouldn't trade my experience with Richmond in Rome for anything else.

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Samantha_Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Summer Abroad = A Lifetime of Memories

I really don't know where to begin describing my experience in Rome during the Summer of 2011. The AIFS team worked very diligently in making my dream a reality for the summer. Once in Rome, the Richmond staff were all very friendly and eager to aide us in our summer adventures. I met amazing students from all across America, some of which I still keep in contact with and visit frequently. The program itself was wonderful because included in your fees, are vouchers for meals (and drinks!), housing, and a side trip to Florence. I felt as though I got the most bang for my buck and I avidly recommend this program to anyone interested in studying abroad while in college!

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BlakeLP
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Perfect Roman Holiday

Studying abroad through AIFS in Rome was easily one of the most rewarding, exciting, fun adventures I have ever embarked on. From living in Trastevere with many local Italians to walking through Campo Di Fiori to get to class everyday, AIFS integrated you into the Roman lifestyle and equipped you with the tools to have the best semester of your life. Not only did our meal plan work at over 3,000 restaurants in Rome so we could enjoy the local cuisine, but they arranged weekend trips for our entire program to both explore Italian culture outside of Rome and also get to know and interact with the other kids in our program. My semester in Rome with AIFS was the perfect 4 month Roman Holiday that I will never forget.

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Chrissy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Time of my Life!

Aifs Richmond in Rome was the best decision I've ever made. The staff was so helpful and gave so much information regarding the area and what to expect. Each apartment was unique so you could end up with a small, but air conditioned apartment, or a huge non-air conditioned one. Either way, it always worked out and everyone seemed to be happy with their apartment. I was able to take the tram to school, but I also could easily walk. Busses and trams are always available and easy to navigate. And of course the city is beautiful! School is a 5 minute walk from the Pantheon. I passed the location of Caesar's stabbing every single day. There is so much history in everything you do and see; it is incredible! We also loved the FOOD. You'd think you might get tired of pizza and pasta every day...but we didn't! Since I've been back in the U.S., I cannot find anything that compares. Another good thing about this program is the meal tickets. They are a lifesaver and can be used almost anywhere around the city. One piece of advice is to not being that many pairs of shoes (and no heels if you are a girl!). I learned this the hard way bringing a ridiculous amount of shoes and only wearing a few pairs. And the cobblestone will ruin any heels you try to wear!

After two weeks in Florence in one hotel, we were all a little weary to go to Rome and be split up. It wasn't as bad as we thought though! We were still able to see each other all the time, and made such great friends. I loved it!

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Anthony
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Its a Wonderful Life

Ciao!

If you to partake in a adventure with other students that will allow you explore 3,000 years of history to experience the life, culture, and all aspects of the Romanian society. Would I go again? I would go again in a heart beat and I even have talked about a reunion with the students from my program. Their is never a dual moment, the program has a different opportunity almost every night of the week. From the Ballet of Swan Lake, cooking classes, dinner night with Romanians, wine night, Happy Hour with the AIFS staff, tours, group dinners, the extensive meal ticket package, the weekend gateways (well worth it), many more events that would take to long to write, and of course, the amazing Director Rosanna Graziani.

The experience was so amazing even though I did lose my luggage in which Ms. Graziani helped me receive it back.

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XxMeRixX90
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved This Program!!

I loved my experience with the AIFS Study Abroad Program at Richmond in Rome. They offered great support prior to departure and also while overseas. I never felt like they left us completely on our own, but they did treat us like adults making our own decisions and held us accountable which was a great learning experience. Housing was great, and I really loved all the apartments I saw while over there. The classes were different, but professors were understanding and good to work with. I also loved the extra stuff Richmond offered, and it really helped to immerse yourself in the culture. I also volunteered and that was a great experience. Overall, I could not have asked for a better program to study abroad with.