CEA Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

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Study abroad in Rome and discover la dolce vita— the sweet life. Imagine studying art history as you gaze up at the Sistine Chapel, or learning theology just a few blocks from the Vatican. Life in the Eternal City is an experience of a lifetime!

Students attend classes at the centrally located CEA Rome Center, or with CEA’s partner, the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS). Courses at both locations are designed for students of all Italian language levels and are complementary, with business, Italian language, and social sciences taught at CEA; and politics, philosophy, and Economics taught at LUISS.

In addition to study abroad, the CEA™ Internships Abroad, offers you a hands-on, pre-professioanl experience to help you rise above the competition.

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Highlights
  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Questions & Answers

Hi Ric. Yes, we only offer programs for U.S. and Canadian students. Normally, we require a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 to 3.0, depending upon the program. Feel free to explore our locations on GoOverseas. You can also find more information at our website: www.ceaStudyAbroad.com !
Hey Molly! This is a question best answered by the provider :) Contact them directly here: https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/contact-us
Best bet for these questions is right here: https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/student-faq
Nope! You don't have to speak Italian, although knowing some common words and phrases before arrival will be helpful. (You probably already know more Italian than you realize!) You will also get a crash course in the language during orientation. Regarding your other question: since CEA is a third-party study abroad organization, you do not have to go to a certain university or college to apply.

Reviews

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based on 30 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
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Kaylee
10/10

Home Away From Home

Studying abroad in Rome is the best decision I could have made. The city itself has so much to offer such as amazing food, breathtaking architecture, and years of history on every street. There are many options for shopping and nightlife that is always fun! CEA has our school in a great location for study abroad students and I always felt comfortable in my spacious apartment. The professors and staff at CEA are really passionate and knowledgeable about not only their discipline, but also the city of Rome.

How can this program be improved?
During finals week it would be beneficial to not have our other classes continuing as well. I also would have enjoyed a fall break as many other programs I know get one.
Yes, I recommend
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Erin
10/10

Romeing

I had an amazing semester studying abroad in Rome. Prati is a great neighborhood--tons of authentic restaurants and cafes to choose from, close to attractions and very very safe. CEA classes were very interactive with small class sizes and lots of on-site lectures. It was a great way to get to know the city better. It's cheap and easy to travel basically anywhere out of Rome--I highly recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I'd recommend is including some information on earthquake safety in the orientation. I had never felt an earthquake in my life and experienced 3 in my time here, and knowing a little more about what do in that type of situation would have eased my nerves a lot!
Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
10/10

Rome and Beyond

I was debating between several programs before eventually deciding on CEA in Rome. It was definitely the right decision. I stayed in a beautiful apartment with a view of the Vatican, my walk to school was short, and the academic building was a great learning environment. Classes are fun and immersive, especially because for a lot of them (like theology and photography) we go to sites around Rome. My friends and I loved experiencing Rome on our own and with school. The nightlife is fun and I always felt safe. One of the best aspects of being in Rome is that you're 30 minutes from the airport so it's easy to travel to other countries on the weekends. The staff is great, the city is fun, and it made for an amazing semester. Very happy I chose to come here.

How can this program be improved?
Only thing I would say is maybe to give students a desk at their apartment. The building has a great room for studying but at night when you're home sometimes the kitchen table just isn't the best place to do work. Other than that, nothing!
Yes, I recommend
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Ellie
10/10

Rome!

My experience in Rome was nothing short of magical. From the people, to the food, to the city itself, it is almost impossible to find a flaw in Rome. My transition into Rome was so easy due to CEA and I recommend their program to any student who is interested in studying abroad. CEA truly immerses you into whatever new environment you're studying abroad in, but they educate you and guide you in a way that does not limit your independence. For example, one of the many excursions I went on with CEA was a day trip to Florence. During the day we had a guided tour but after that the day was ours. We were able to separate as we pleased and some of us chose to go see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and then stay in Florence overnight before returning to Rome. That is another great perk of CEA, they provide great excursions. We not only went to Florence, we also went to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. It was so incredible being able to explore not just Rome but also other parts of Italy. The class I took during this time also helped me adjust to being in Italy. I studied the culture of food and wine and it was an exceptional experience being able to dine on such phenomenal dishes while also learning about their history. I could go on and on about all that I loved of my time in Rome with CEA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email!

Yes, I recommend
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Brian
10/10

Great Experience

Awesome experience. Living in Rome was unforgettable and a great exposure to foreign culture. The staff was extremely friendly and easy to talk to. Traveling was easy being in central Europe and the country itself was remarkable. Great food too! I would definitely recommend this program as it was truly life changing. Honestly a great time. I was able to visit nine different countries and fifteen cities through Europe and Africa.

How can this program be improved?
Less of a course load
Yes, I recommend
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Marco
10/10

CEA in Rome

All the staff at CEA Rome are so nice and truly care about the students. You can go to them with any question or problem you encounter, ranging from the best restaurants to bring you parents or what to do when the power goes out in your apartment, and they are always there to help. This has been such a great experience for me and I would highly recommend CEA Rome to anyone that is thinking about studying abroad in Rome.

Yes, I recommend
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Liz
10/10

CEA a Roma

I could not imagine a better program than CEA! The staff are extremely helpful, the living conditions are in a beautiful neighborhood, the classes are engaging and hands-on, the professors are knowledgable and passionate, and the program activities and excursions are incredibly fun. Everyone involved in the program will do anything to make your experience as positive as possible. I couldn't have had a better semester and would do it all over again if I could!

Yes, I recommend
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Alley
9/10

CEA in Rome Truly Caters to Needs of Students

The CEA in Rome program is one that truly nurtures and caters to the needs of students. Being a smaller sized program allows students to really get to know professors and faculty in a way that helps them feel supported, encouraged, and provides a comfortable, safe, and fun learning environment. One of the best things CEA in Rome provides is weekend trips! We went to Assisi, Florence, and Venice. Going on these beautiful and educational trips as a whole program allowed me to really get to know different cities in Italy, their culture, and also get to know and become friends with people in my program! This experience was one of the best of my life!

How can this program be improved?
One thing lacking in this program that I think is really important is cultural immersion. The fact that only American students are a part of the CEA program makes cultural immersion difficult, but social activities like the cooking and clay making class really helped me get to know local Italians, and I would have really enjoyed more events like that. I think that both American students and local Italians would benefit from some sort of integrative programs. Having the opportunity to tutor local students in english, or having more (weekly?) programs like cooking classes or some other social programming would really help this program to be more inclusive.
Yes, I recommend
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Kathryn
9/10

When in Rome

I had an excellent experience in Rome! CEA makes the city feel a little smaller; you are a part of a strong community within a big city. I immediately fell in love with Rome. Besides the great food and sightseeing, the Italian culture is amazing to be a part of. CEA was easy to contact incase of any problems and they offered many activities and excursions to help enhance the experience. I would highly recommend anyone studying abroad to consider Rome, especially the CEA program here.

Yes, I recommend
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Grace
10/10

There's No Place Like ROME!

I first traveled to Rome in 2009 on a high school trip, and I knew immediately that I would have to return one day. I finally got that opportunity in summer 2015 after making the decision to study abroad there. It was a dream come true.
Rome is a huge, vibrant city that is full of history, amazing sights, and incredible food. When I wasn't in class, all I did was eat endless amounts of pasta, pizza and gelato.
I loved my apartment, which was about a 10-minute walk from Vatican City. One of my favorite memories from Rome is waking up at 5am with my roommates to be the first in line for the Vatican Museums, then seeing Pope Francis speak in St. Peter's Square!
The CEA staff organized some wonderful day/weekend trips that really added to the experience. We went to Florence for a day, but my roommates and I turned it into a weekend trip so that we could go wine tasting! The other weekend trip was to Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri. That was incredible.
There really is no place like Rome, and I truly believe that those who have never been there are missing out!

Yes, I recommend
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Miguel
10/10

When In ROME..

Pizza, soccer, gelato (ice cream), history, wine, coffee, croissants, art, and The Pope are a few of the many things you will enjoy about this eternal city! You will NEVER be bored in Rome! If you can imagine Rome to be beautiful by the few things you see in the movies then be ready to fall in love with the other majestic parts about the city that the movies do not show! The food is irresistible (and inexpensive), there are two soccer teams that share the same stadium, and you will meet friendly people who are willing to share their love for the Italian capital. No matter your major, language, or interests, you are bound to fall in love with Rome for everything that it has to offer!

How can this program be improved?
Access to a library that does not close early and a gym!!
Yes, I recommend
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Claire
8/10

My time with CEA

My semester abroad was the best 3 months of my life. I have realized that even more now that I am home looking back on my experience. The staff and faculty of CEA were some of the friendliest most compassionate people I have ever meant. I feel with the staff and the students that I went abroad that by the end of our time there we created a family in a sense. I traveled to so many places that I don't know when or if I'll ever be able to go back to again. Rome became home for me and it felt and still feels like a dream.

Yes, I recommend
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Erin
10/10

Best Semester Ever

This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I had a wonderful time and made many friends. I was also able to 8 other countries while studying in Rome. One of the most beautiful places in the city was the Trevi fountain. I would often go there super late at night when there weren't many people and just sit on the steps it was so relaxing. CEA also planned these great trips but the best one was the Pompeii, Capri, and Sorrento trip it was so beautiful. That was one of my favorite trips. The boat ride around the Island was the best the whole boat would bust out in to song and our tour guide was great. Also I captured the best picture when we were on the boat tour of four guys in my program doing a back flip of the boat. If I could go back in time I would always choose this program it was amazing plus it had amazing staff they were the best. Rome is one of the most beautiful places with all the old Ruins and the beautiful architecture. Plus the gelato was to die for American gelato does not compare at all.

How can this program be improved?
One thing that I would change about this program would be to add more classes.
Yes, I recommend
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Ashley
10/10

Eat and See Italy

CEA Rome is a fabulous way to see this beautiful city.

The staff is welcoming and fun to be around. Helpful with anything from shopping locations, to translations, to helping us find an English-speaking movie theater!

The classes are interesting and feature a large amount of field trips throughout Rome. I took two classes over a summer, Food and Wine of Italy and Italian Art History. Whoa! The teachers made the classes to relevant and interesting. Food and Wine was spectacular, we studied different regions of Italy as well as the history. Our teacher, Greg, was so knowledgable and we had a Italian chef, Claudia, who came into class and cooked for us and taught us the true Italian flavors and cooking methods. Art History is a class not to be missed! We spent our days wandering around churches and museums. Learning about artists, history, and the city that we called home.

Our apartment was fabulous - 6 girls, three bedrooms, 2 (large) bathrooms, and a balcony. Truly the Italian experience. We were in North-East Rome in a little neighborhood with everything we needed - gelato, pizza, markets, parks, and public transportation.

The program provided trips and experiences were perfect! We had one day trip up to Florence and an overnight trip to Capri, Pompeii, and Campania. Both trips were perfectly planned, and featured enough time for us to explore on our own as well as time with the whole group. Sailing around Capri on a boat with our whole group was the highlight of the whole trip! We also has various activities that we could participate in while we were in Rome. A pizza and gelato crawl was a big highlight! We also had a walking tour of Rome our first weekend, a chance to volunteer at a local food bank, an Italian cooking class, a chance to visit the top of St. Peter's Basilica, and more more!

Overall, CEA Study Abroad in Rome is worth it! Great experiences, food, and friends!

How can this program be improved?
I wish the apartments were closer together - we were a little spread out!
Yes, I recommend
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Annie
9/10

Choose CEA Rome!

I truly had the time of my life studying in Rome! CEA Rome is located in the beautiful, safe, and mostly residential neighborhood of Piazza Bologna. My apartment was about an 8 minute walk to the campus and I could easily hop on the bus or the metro to get into the city center (The Colosseum was only about 10 minutes away from my apartment on the metro!). Classes are taught by extremely knowledgeable professors and most classes are taught on-site at museums or historical sites. While I may not have spent my time in Rome doing a great deal of homework, I learned more about the culture and long history of Rome and Italy than I ever could have at my home university. Some of my favorite classes were "The Culture of Food and Wine in Italy" and "Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome." You'll live in real apartment buildings in an apartment with other American students, but the other residents of the building will be real Italian people, which is a very cool element to the program too! The CEA Rome staff are wonderful people who will go out of their way to help you out with anything you need! All in all, choose CEA Roma!!!

How can this program be improved?
More language immersion! Maybe a homestay option?
Yes, I recommend

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