With thousands of years of well-documented history, including countless writings, amazing archaeological sites, monuments, sculptures, and other artifacts, there is no better city to study History and Classics than Rome.
Today, on top of all of the history, Rome is a thriving European capital, with important roles in international politics and business. Study the effect of the past on the present in a city that has not only survived, but flourished over most of its 2,500+ year history.
What You'll Study
Our History & Classics Program is designed to provide a thorough overview of the archaeological, political, religious, and intellectual history of Italy—from ancient to current day. Choose from a variety of courses exploring the topography, archaeology, history, urban infrastructure, works of arts, mythology, and Latin literature and epigraphy of Rome. All of the courses offered in this program feature numerous course-related trips to museums, sites, and monuments. Imagine studying the rise of the Roman Empire and taking a day trip to explore Hadrian’s Villa as part of your coursework. Or studying totalitarian regimes in Italy and Europe and visiting the WWII landmarks in and around Rome.
You also have the extraordinary opportunity to take Italian- or English-taught courses in the Humanities, Religious Studies, and Social Sciences at the prestigious Università degli Studi Roma Tre, the second largest university in Rome.
Enhance what you learn in the classroom and add international work experience to your résumé by participating in an optional internship or social action/service learning placement and accompanying seminar. Possible placements include archaeology museums and organizations, organizations dedicated to translating humanities materials, organizations focusing on the conservation of archaeological sites, or not-for-profits dedicated to preserving and promoting Italy’s cultural heritage.
A wide variety of other disciplines are offered, as well, so you can supplement your study of History and Classics with a course from another one of our programs in Rome focused on Italian language, International Relations, Sociology, and more.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. While in Rome, you take 15-19 credits per semester by selecting from the following required and optional components:
- IES Abroad Italian language course at your proficiency level (required, 4 or 8 credits)
- English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
- English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad courses from another Rome program (optional, 3 credits each)
- English- or Italian-taught courses at a local university (optional, 3 credits each)
- Service learning/social action placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
- Internship or Social Action placement and accompanying seminar (3 credits each, optional)
Part of making you feel at home in Rome is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.