• Italy
    • Rome
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Communications Cultural Studies Environmental Studies Fashion Design Film Finance Food Science and Nutrition Gender Studies Health Sciences History International Business International Relations Journalism Marketing Media Relations Music Photography Political Science Psychology Public Health Religious Studies Sustainable Development Theater +17
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Travel Insurance
Jun 05, 2024
Apr 30, 2024
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About Program

Italy’s capital proudly displays thousands of years of art, architecture, religion, and culture alongside a sprawling metropolis of politics, academia, and business. Named the Eternal City by the ancient Romans, Rome is filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and remains one of the most popular attractions in the world.

Courses are available in English and Italian.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Rome is right in the heart of Rome, walking distance from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and and Campo de’ Fiori neighborhood.
  • Explore some of the world’s most breathtaking cultural destinations, like the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Spanish Steps.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.
  • Do Rome on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas.

Popular Programs

CIEE Rome Summer Programs

Take your Italian language skills to the next level, explore the evolution of Italian painting, discuss the historical development of the mafia in Italian society, and learn the history of the Vatican. Explore some of the world’s most breathtaking cultural destinations, like the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Spanish Steps.

CIEE Rome Semester Programs

Experience Rome your way by customizing your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas.

CIEE Rome January Program

CIEE’s January in Rome program invites students of all majors to gain insight on Italian society with a choice of coursework on Food, Nutrition, and Culture or Exploring Rome – the Birthplace of the Modern Museum.

Rome Landmark

With CIEE's Open Campus Block Programs, you can design your very own study abroad program to include up to three different locations for 6, 12 or 18 weeks.

Stay in one city the entire time or spend other blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.

First Year Abroad in Rome

In the heart of Italy, Rome has a unique blend of ancient landmarks and modern energy. With its rich tapestry of history, art, and contemporary life, Rome promises students an immersive journey into the soul of one of the world's most captivating cities.

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 31 reviews
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  • 4 rating 9.68%
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  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.35
  • Safety 4.85
  • Housing 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 5
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience for Students!

I loved my experience with CIEE. It was not very academically challenging which is what I was looking for to take advantage of travelling during my time here. Having class on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday was amazing. It allowed me to be able to explore Rome on Wednesdays or take a day trip and I was able to travel every weekend. The classes like Exploring Rome, Mythology, etc. where we took a lot of field trips were my favorite classes because I got to see more of Rome than I would have if I didn't take these classes. The professors are all very knowledgeable, and having someone take us through Rome's museums and other historical areas was very beneficial.

  • Class Schedule
  • Not challenging academically
  • Free activities organized by the program
  • Housing wasn't amazing. It was far from school and we had no living room.
8 people found this review helpful.
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My time in Rome with CIEE

Before coming to Rome, I had never travelled abroad. CIEE made this transition into a new country and culture easy. Through weekly activities such as cooking classes or spritz socials, CIEE made activities to help their students become more comfortable and involved with their new community. I was also able to gain a large portion of credits through the classes CIEE offered. Not only was I able to talk classes such as "Culture & Cuisine" or "Contemporary Italy" which taught me about Italian culture and way of life, but I was able to gain credit at my home university while doing so.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend that future students in CIEE take advantage of the Community Activities that CIEE offers. They are free, easy to navigate, and ultimately help students become more comfortable in their new community. I would also recommend travelling within your host country. CIEE taught us how easy to navigate the Italian train system can be, and because of that, I was able to take advantage of travelling within my host country of Italy.
13 people found this review helpful.
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A mix of everything

Studying in Rome gave me the opportunity to pave my own path. Being in Rome, there are so many things to do from history, nature, food, nightlife, and so much more. I had the chance to engineer my own day and be independent, prioritize what was important to me. There were long school days but for the most part, you did not have to worry about school outside of the classroom, so you are free to explore with a clear mind. Not to mention, Rome is a great and central place to travel from. I would recommend studying in Romr with CIEE.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
In my first week, I met a local man from Rome who helped me a lot through my study abroad experience. He was even nice enough to show me around the region of Abruzzo while I was here.
  • Big City
  • Good weather
  • 18 credits completed
11 people found this review helpful.
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My Study Abroad Experience in Rome, Italy

Studying abroad in Rome was an experience of a lifetime! From the moment I stepped foot in this magnificent city, I was enchanted by its rich history, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality.

First and foremost, the academic opportunities were unparalleled. My program provided immersive courses that not only deepened my understanding of Italian culture and history but also allowed me to explore my academic interests in a dynamic and stimulating environment. The professors were not only experts in their fields but also passionate about sharing their knowledge with us.

Living in Rome was like living in a living museum. Everywhere you turn, there's a piece of history waiting to be discovered. From the iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the Vatican to the charming cobblestone streets of Trastevere, every corner of this city tells a story. Exploring these treasures was like stepping back in time, and I cherished every moment of it.

One of the highlights of my study abroad experience was immersing myself in the Italian way of life. Whether it was savoring authentic pasta at a family-owned trattoria, chatting with locals at a bustling piazza, or enjoying a leisurely passeggiata along the Tiber River, I felt embraced by the warmth and friendliness of the Roman people.

Of course, let's not forget about the food! Italian cuisine is a feast for the senses, and I indulged in everything from mouthwatering pizza to creamy gelato. Each meal was a culinary adventure, and I relished the opportunity to explore the diverse flavors of Italian gastronomy.

Last but not least, the friendships I forged during my time in Rome are ones that I will cherish for a lifetime. Bonding with fellow students from around the world over shared experiences and unforgettable adventures created memories that I will carry with me forever.

In conclusion, studying abroad in Rome exceeded all my expectations and left an indelible mark on my heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to have immersed myself in this beautiful city, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking an enriching and transformative experience.

Grazie mille, Roma, for the memories that will last a lifetime!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
-Embrace Cultural Differences: Approach your study abroad experience with an open mind and a willingness to embrace cultural differences. Be respectful of local customs, traditions, and norms, and take the opportunity to learn from them.
-Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Whether it's sampling exotic cuisine, attempting to learn the local language, or participating in cultural activities, pushing your boundaries will enrich your experience and help you grow as an individual.
-Stay Flexible and Adapt: Things may not always go as planned, and that's okay. Stay flexible and be prepared to adapt to unexpected situations. Embrace the spontaneity of life abroad, and approach challenges with a positive attitude and a sense of humor.
-Make Local Connections: Take the time to connect with locals and immerse yourself in the community. Engage in conversations with residents, participate in local events and activities, and seek out opportunities to learn from those who call your host country home.
-Travel Responsibly: While it's tempting to travel extensively during your time abroad, remember to travel responsibly and respectfully. Be mindful of your impact on the environment and local communities, and strive to leave a positive impression wherever you go.
-Document Your Experiences: Keep a journal, blog, or photo album to document your study abroad experiences. Not only will this serve as a wonderful memento of your time abroad, but it will also help you reflect on your personal growth and memories long after you've returned home.
-Stay Connected with Loved Ones: While immersing yourself in a new culture is important, don't forget to stay connected with loved ones back home. Regularly communicate with friends and family through email, social media, or video calls to share your experiences and stay connected to your support network.
Take Care of Your Health and Well-being: Prioritize your physical and mental health during your time abroad. Eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and seek support if you're feeling overwhelmed or homesick. Remember that self-care is essential for a fulfilling study abroad experience.
-Be Mindful of Budgeting: Create a budget and stick to it. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of exploring a new country, but overspending can lead to unnecessary stress. Look for ways to save money, such as cooking meals at home, using public transportation, and taking advantage of student discounts.
-Embrace Every Moment: Finally, cherish every moment of your study abroad experience. Time flies by quickly, so make the most of every opportunity, savor every experience, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
-Above all, remember that studying abroad is a unique and transformative experience, so make the most of it and enjoy every moment!
  • Rich Cultural Experience: Rome's history, art, and culture offer an immersive learning environment.
  • Academic Opportunities: Prestigious universities provide diverse academic programs and courses.
  • Travel Opportunities: Central location facilitates easy exploration of Italy and Europe.
  • Cost of Living: High expenses for accommodation, dining, and entertainment.
  • Language Barrier: Italian is primary, posing challenges for non-fluent speakers.
  • Administrative Challenges: Visa processes, housing, and course enrollment can be time-consuming and bureaucratic.
10 people found this review helpful.
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I couldn't give a more positive review to this program. Very easy classes and great professors. CIEE Rome offer high-quality academic experiences, including a variety of courses taught by experienced faculty members. The cultural immersion opportunities are quite endless. The effectiveness of language instruction, cultural activities, and interactions with local communities in Rome. The quality of housing options provided by CIEE, as well as the availability of support services such as on-site staff, orientation programs, and assistance with logistics and cultural adjustment. Clear communication and well-organized programs are crucial for a positive study abroad experience and that's exactly what Rome did. The responsiveness to student concerns or emergencies that I presented were taken into consideration so I felt seen and valued throughout it all!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Coming to orientation and not knowing many people, but then many of those faces turned into friendly acquaintances.
15 people found this review helpful.
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One Block in Rome

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study abroad through CIEE via the 3-block open campus semester, and I couldn't have made a better decision. I have spent my first six weeks in Rome, Italy, and then I head to London for six weeks then Madrid for a final six weeks. CIEE Rome is full of helpful staff who assist in navigating the new cultures and guide your experiences so that you have the best time possible while abroad. They create endless opportunities to connect with other students and immerse yourself in the local environment all while providing meaningful education.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I had never travelled outside of the United States before coming to study abroad. I was walked through everything very patiently and kindly by the welcoming CIEE staff and they ultimately made my most nerve-racking moment of the trip feel like it wasn't a big deal and assured that I was going to be okay.
  • Staff
  • Community
  • New friends and meaningful relationships
21 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE ROME --> Block 1

I absolutely loved the time I spent in Rome through CIEE's study abroad program, and I'm sad to be heading home shortly. The reason I chose CIEE was because their program was so flexible, accommodating, and worked in accordance with my home university to ensure that I would meet all graduation requirements as a senior graduating in April. Study abroad shaped and changed me in so many ways I never thought possible. Exploring the city of Rome has been a dream, and I hope to never forget all these experiences! I enjoyed the location of Rome because it was a great middle point for other travel plans.

What was your funniest moment?
Sharing moments and travel experiences with friends!
  • Location
  • Food
  • Travel Accessibility
  • Transportation
  • City Scale
  • Neighborhood Stay
18 people found this review helpful.
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Studying Abroad in Rome with CIEE

My time in rome was amazing! It is such a beautiful city and CIEE helped a lot in getting us involved in the host culture. People in rome are very friendly and it is also very walkable! In every corner possible there is something that catches your eye. Rome also has amazing food! CIEE was very helpful in helping experience all of this. They had a lot of fun events like museum visits, gnocchi making class, trying italian street food, pope audience and much more! I really would recommend this program to other students!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
For me it was getting the courage to go out alone in a completely different city. I was nervous, but I really wanted to explore and take advantage of this opportunity of being abroad in such a historic place. I did it more and more and it was the best decision ever. Rome is also a place that feels very safe. Of course it is important to always be aware and alert, but it is such a friendly environment!
  • weekly extracurricular events
  • local teachers
  • helpful staff
  • no meal plan
  • communication about scholarships/grants can improve
  • far walking from housing (if you do not enjoy walking)
19 people found this review helpful.

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