Why Rome?

Although the Roman Empire fell some 1,500 years ago, its legacy has loomed large throughout modern history. The Senate and legislative assemblies of the ancient Roman Republic are similar to how legislature currently works in many countries, including the United States. Today, Rome plays a large role in European and global politics, economics, and business. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to study international relations between the EU and United States than Rome, a city that laid the groundwork for much of Western civilization.

Our International Relations Program explores the role and history of Italian involvement in European, Mediterranean, and world affairs from the 1800s to the present. You’ll examine the long-lasting interaction and implications of Italy’s position in the EU, the intricacies and complexities of Italian politics since the end of WWII, fundamental contemporary issues such as terrorism and mass migration, and more.

What You'll Study

As part of your coursework, you’ll meet with political leaders; members of Parliament; international, national, and local institutions; and the Senate. 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 an NGO focusing on developing nations, an urban planning organization, an international politics think tank, a not-for-profit working with immigrants, and more. A wide variety of other disciplines are offered, as well, so you can supplement your study of International Relations with a course from another one of our programs in Rome focused on Italian language, Art History, History, Classics, 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)

Daily Life

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Italian
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1 - 2 semesters
17,100 USD
Oct 15, 2019
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